While with Levitate Architects, Emma was joint project architect on Barrington Court, a National Trust property in Somerset.
This project sought to remodel the empty Grade II listed model farm buildings to form the main visitor entrance to the estate adjacent to small business units for local organisations. The estate shop, café, offices, plant sales, WCs and stores are integrated into the existing buildings, whilst some of the original features, such as timber cladding and historic openings are reinstated.
Historic demarcations, existing textures and wild plants informed the materiality and design of the courtyard, capturing the spirit of the place in a contemporary manner. The surface was made from tamped concrete using a recycled aggregate with patterns cast into its surface using leaves from the adjacent orchards. This pattern defines the visitor routes through the courtyard into the estate and is a subtle modern addition to this historic collection of buildings.