• Astley Castle

  • Astley Castle, the stabilised ruin © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, historic occupation of the castle

  • Astley Castle, concept drawing

  • Astley Castle, construction concept model

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Helene Binet

  • Astley Castle, © Phillip Vile

  • Astley Castle, © Phillip Vile

  • Astley Castle, site plan

  • Astley Castle, plans

  • Astley Castle, construction section

astley castle

Astley, Warwickshire | £1.35 million (new house) |won in competition 2007, completed 2012

Astley is a remote site with rich historic resonance: a moated castle, lake, church and the ghost of pleasure gardens are grouped around a shallow ridge. After decades of decline and decay, the project opens this private estate for public access through a network of new pathways and salvages the ruins of the castle, binding them into a vivid new house for the Landmark Trust. Contemporary brick, concrete and timber construction sits directly on the medieval rubble walls, re-occupying the ancient manor house, while Tudor and Jacobean wings are retained as outdoor rooms. The large gashes in the ruined walls have been retained, making it an unusually light castle. The house is animated by slashes of sunlight on stone walls and views over the ancient landscape. At the dining table, you look out from twelfth and twenty-first century construction to fifteenth and seventeenth century walls - the dialogue across the centuries frames conversations between friends.