Scandinavian minimalism imbues this Grade II-listed home in Wiltshire, designed by architect Klas Hyllén in the village of Bradford-on-Avon.
The pretty town is close to the Somerset border and is known for its canals and riverbank, dotted with Victorian-era former cloth mills. This particular property on Silver Street was once a wine merchant’s, built in 1880 and transformed in 2019 by the Swedish architect who lectures at the University of West of England in Bristol in addition to running his eponymous practice.
The five-bedroom Cotswold stone structure has been retrofitted to Passivhaus standard and given a chic minimalist vibe. White walls and textured tiled floors rub shoulders with original features like steel columns and patinated brickwork, honing the industrial heritage of the building.
Living accommodations are set over three storeys and unravel around an exquisitely crafted birch-plywood suspended staircase, which sits within a triple-height void at the heart of the Victorian property. Arched windows have been upgraded but retain the spirit of their predecessors, with their black steel frames contrasting the minimalist interiors.
The Modern House is marketing the Wiltshire property for £1.55m. There’s scope for further renovation via the sizeable full-height basement and plans approved for an additional outbuilding in the rear garden.
Bradford-on-Avon is a coveted postcode, appearing on the 2021 Sunday Times ‘best places to live list’ thanks to its postcard-worthy architecture, thriving high street and amenities. The enclave dates back to the Saxon period and is around 2 hours by train from London.