Contemporary architecture is the architecture of the present day. Within the context of a beautiful, natural environment, such as the Cotswolds, it often poses an interesting, ambitious challenge for architects. Over our years as Cotswold Architects, we have worked with a number of clients to create contemporary structures such as extensions to traditional Cotswold stone cottages and heritage buildings, which effortlessly combine contemporary design with traditional features.
We have linked traditional cottages to contemporary extensions via glass walkways, combining local Cotswold stone and glazed panels to open up spaces in ways that stretched our own imagination whilst creating beautiful designs. Introducing panoramic floor to roof glazing for traditional oak frames has been made possible with technological advances in construction. It opens up interior spaces dramatically, bringing a real sense of both the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the seasons inside.
All architectural design balances four dimensions, not just three. Physical spaces, especially in contemporary architecture, alter as time passes. Whether that is the way light enters the space at different times of day, or how shadows fall as the sun is higher or lower in the sky according to the seasons, it is something that is a critical element in creating beautiful functional architecture.