The project for Thorney Barn sees the creation of a new family home through the remodelling and repurposing of a derelict stone barn on an upland hillside overlooking the Luddenden Valley in West Yorkshire. Gagarin Studio were lead designers for the architecture, interiors, furniture and detail design of  the project. The scheme completed in October 2018 creates a new family dwelling within a hamlet on an upland Pennine site. The design locates the core activities of the dwelling in the main barn and original outshut building; a new glazed link is inserted between barn and former outbuildings providing a ‘garden […]


In the late 1970s, Photographer Fay Godwin explored the Calder Valley and surrounding area with her camera and captured the landscape at a turning point. Her photographs were both picturesque and brooding; showing the contrast between the wild moorlands and the post-industrial townscapes which in some way defines the area. The photographs inspired a series of Ted Hughes poems and both were published collectively as ‘Remains of Elmet’ in 1979.  Forty years have past since then and the valley and communities have seen significant changes occur. Despite Hughes’ doubts, the towns and communities have survived and continue to evolve; the […]