March 2020

Queen Anne House, UK

There are two main architectural approaches one can adopt when extending a listed building; design entirely in-line with the current structure or do something completely different. The latter it seems, has become somewhat of a signature of the Llama Group; the award-winning Cheshire Design Studio comprised of RIBA chartered Llama Architects and much-acclaimed Janey Butler Interiors. 

Their latest project, Queen Anne House, set in the rolling Shropshire countryside; epitomises their confident and bold approach to architecture. The existing old Coach House has been entirely transformed; and now features a cleverly designed contemporary extension. 

The process involved an intense design phase, securing extensive planning from the local authority to build a modern zinc and glass extension with a striking 3-metre-high sliding Sky-Frame window system. 

The focus of the design was to achieve a space for relaxation and entertaining, taking full advantage of a design which maximised the benefits of indoor/outdoor contemporary living.  In the summer months, the Creston automated Sky-Frame system opens entirely, allowing the inhabitants to flow seamlessly from the home into the garden; blurring the lines between outside and in. 

The newly built extension is furnished with bespoke pieces from a-list suppliers around the world; giant pale grey velvet armchairs from the Netherlands paired with a bespoke, and frankly awe-inspiring, tree root coffee table. Custom artwork is sunk into the bright white walls, adding a sense of calm and serenity to the space. A 65” television is concealed within the bespoke joinery. The colour palette is light and fresh; allowing the greens of the gardens and light of day to filter into the space. 

The subtle elegance of the interior of the home is matched by the equally breath-taking exterior; Llama’s Landscape Architects completely redesigned the gardens; which now feature a cut stone patio area, new lawns, herbaceous beds, pleached trees and outside lighting, carefully illuminating the ancient ruin which was once a tannery in the 16th century. The home also now features a new oak and glass gym building alongside a classic car showroom. 


Interior: Janey Butler

Architecture: Llama Architects