Room in a Productive Garden is a new gymnasium for a hotel in Somerset. Conceived in a manner as ‘no building’ – more a window on to a mature productive garden with as few distractions from the garden as possible. The window forms the entire north wall of the vegetable garden and at 15m wide & 3.3m tall is one of the largest glass panels in the world. The building sits in the garden in the manner of an orangery or greenhouse, of which there are several in the adjacent courtyards.
Internally, the space is lined entirely in beech, with all services including lighting and ventilation concealed between the slats. The glass window for a bay with glass sides, top and seat that frames a clear and immersive view of the garden.
Externally, the gym uses stone from the site, crushed and ‘rammed’ into the facing material.