Saturday, June 07, 2008

Goring Folly - shed, summerhouse and then some

Goring Folly is Timothy Blewitt's wonderful 4m-tall shedlike building on an ambitious scale, taking in a tower with spiral steps leading down to a natural well, a 'ruined arch' and a two roomed building with loft. The idea was to create a unique building of some architectural interest utilising locally reclaimed materials such as local flint and bricks from demolition work at nearby Worthing Hospital in its construction. The site covers the build in marvellous step-by-step detail including the moments when he was hospitalised by a flint, caught hypothermia, and nearly drowned.Of particular shedworking interest though are the summerhouse and shed. Here's what has to say about them:
"Externally the bricks have been laid in patterns and knapped flints in panels. Stone within the walls is both rough and cut. Internally there are two rooms linked by a keyhole doorway. Several carved stone panels reclaimed from a defunct Belgium church decorate the inside and the ecclesiastical feeling is further enhanced by the inclusion of five stained glass windows. The Summerhouse has leaded light French doors and the shed a solid studded door made from scrap wood. The 'studs' are mainly 19th Century hand beaten nails from France."
For lots more construction photos, click here.

7 comments:

  1. How fantastic! I love it.

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  2. Wow! That is really elaborate. I'm impressed

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  3. Congratulations on being a "Blog of Note"! Your blog is amazing and I can't wait to show it to my husband. We have an old concrete and (broken) glass potting shed in our back lot. It has so much potential...

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