Taking a visual inventory

Where a project involves existing 
architecture, a comprehensive
photographic survey represents a valuable
design tool, as well as an enduring record
of the point of departure. These images
are taken from a substantial body of
material documenting a many-layered site
on the borders of Oxfordshire and
Gloucestershire, comprising a 17th century
farmhouse with later additions, two 18th
century barns, a series of agricultural
outbuildings, an orchard, a pond and
8 hectares of pasture. No longer a working
farm, it is a place between two lives,
which is a rich and suggestive state,
but one that raises many issues and where 
every choice, whether to add or to remove, 
has consequences.


Gilbert McCarragher