Home Farm: The Pawson residence
After growing up in Halifax and living in Japan in his 20s, architectural designer, John Pawson, was 30 when he eventually found himself in London, with no desire to leave. This was until his wife, Catherine, who had dreamt of weekend countryside cottage escape found a run-down farmyard in a rural Oxfordshire hamlet, and the idea – which had never before appealed to Pawson – suddenly intrigued.
Although undoubtedly dilapidated, the collection of 17th century buildings had clear potential and from their position – perched up on a hill, looking down into the valley – had breathtaking views of the surrounding Cotswold countryside. After a mammoth renovation which included connecting the original cottages with the stable and barn allowing sight lines right through the expansive building, this special place is now Home Farm. Impressive swathes of glazing provide a grounding connection with the surrounding landscape and the interiors stay true to Pawson’s minimalist aesthetic. Aucoot visits John and Catherine at home, to explore this monastic abode.