Building Tour: Shatwell Farm Somerset

Join us on a daytrip to Somerset to explore a remarkable collection of buildings designed by architects including Stephen Taylor, Hugh Strange & Clancy Moore

Starts:

09:00am, Sunday, 26 September 2021

Until:

06:30pm, Sunday, 26 September 2021

Itinerary:

9am: Meet at Victoria Station

11:30am: Arrival at Shatwell Farm

11:30am - 3:30pm: Time on Shatwell Farm: 

- Tours throughout the afternoon of the Archive (15 people at a time)

- Further exploration of the other buildings

- Informal presentation on the Shed at Shatwell Workshop by participants and workshop leaders (Maria Chiara Piccinelli & Corrina Dean).

- Lunch around 1pm (do let us know if you have any dietary requirements)

3:30pm: Coach leaves Shatwell Farm

4pm - 4:30pm: Stopping off to visit Alison & Peter Smithson's Upper Lawn Pavilion

6:30pm: Arrive back in London at Victoria Station

Duration:

One day

Cost*:

Ticket including travel from London: £45

Ticket without travel from London: £25

Both tickets include lunch at Shatwell Farm (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements)

*AF Members and Supporters can use their code for 20% discount

Meeting Point:

Outside Victoria Station (please arrive by 8:50am)

If making your own way there, please arrive by 11:30am at Shatwell Farm. Please see notes on how to access the farm.

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Join us on a daytrip to Somerset to explore the remarkable collection of buildings at Shatwell Farmyard, including the Cowshed by Stephen Taylor Architects and the Drawing Matter archive by Hugh Strange Architects.

Dating back to 1720, Shatwell Farm has undergone many life cycles and uses. Originally a working farm, the 19th century buildings were partially demolished in the 1960s to make way for large prefabricated industrial barns and two steel grain silos. The north end of the valley was an apple orchard until 1970, the remaining fields within the valley are still in use for livestock grazing. Agricultural production was largely abandoned in the 1990s. 

The farmyard now houses the archives of Drawing Matter, an organisation that explores the role of drawing in architectural thought and practice. In 2006, a programme of gradual redevelopment was launched, renovating the farm piece by piece through collaborations with architects from the U.K. and beyond. 

Interventions on the site include the Dairy House (2006, by Skene Catling de la Pena), the Cowshed and Haybarn (2012 and 2014, by Stephen Taylor Architects), the Drawing Matter archive (2014, by Hugh Strange Architects), and the conversion of the Atcost building as storage and event facilities (ongoing, by Clancy Moore Architects), a wooden obelisk by Peter Smithson (commissioned 2002, reinstalled 2016) and the columns by Álvaro Siza (commissioned 2014, for the Royal Academy, London, reinstalled at Shatwell 2017).

 
Images of Shatwell Farm: © Sue Barr
 

Itinerary

9am: Meet at Victoria Station

11:30am: Arrival at Shatwell Farm

11:30am - 3:30pm: Time on Shatwell Farm:

Tours throughout the afternoon of the Archive (15 people at a time), further exploration of the other buildings, informal presentation on the Shed at Shatwell Workshop by participants and workshop leaders (Maria Chiara Piccinelli & Corrina Dean). Lunch around 1pm (do let us know if you have any dietary requirements)

3:30pm: Coach leaves Shatwell Farm

4pm - 4:30pm: Stopping off to visit Alison & Peter Smithson's Upper Lawn Pavilion

6:30pm: Arrive back in London at Victoria Station


Image: © Lorenzo Zandri