9 September 2013
A contemporary residence inserted among the ruins of Astley Castle (12th century), in the county of Warwickshire, England. Designed by the studio Witherford Watson Mann, it is one of the six proposals on the shortlist for the 2013 Stirling Prize . Destroyed by a fire in 1970, the castle ran the risk of remaining in a ruined state owing to the lack of funds for its restoration. In 2007 The Landmark Trust staged a competition for the creation of a vacation home, a new construction that could be coupled with the remains of the previous one while maintaining the independence of both, thanks in part to the use made of the materials, red brick and oak wood. The result is as stunning as it is simple.