Exercise 3.3: Vernacular Architecture and Materiality

Visual Map

Reflection on the task:

I learnt that some buildings ‘try’ to have vernacular style but don’t succeed. For example, in Epsom Area there are many houses that are weatherboarded but painted black, that is not in keeping with local vernacular that should be white. I found the task of researching properties interesting but also difficult as all houses I saw today were built after 17th century. I noticed that many newer buldings are designed to look older, to suit the area and what’s around. Also identifying materials is really difficult – for example timber weatherboarding – it’s timber but which one? Or roof tiles – could be ceramic, slate, clay… how can you tell the difference? Even harder when old and covered in moss. Still lots to learn…

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Greenland Travel (year unknown) Stay Overnight in an Igloo. [Photograph] At: https://www.greenland-travel.com/inspiration/excursions/overnight-stay-in-igloo/ (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 2 Arneil, P (year unknown) Mongolian Ger. [Photograph] At: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/yurt/#mongolian-ger (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 3 Booking.com (year unknown) Osada na Budzowskim Wierchu. [Advertisment] At: https://q-cf.bstatic.com/images/hotel/max1024x768/203/203791545.jpg (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Adelphi Road Epsom. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A (2020) The Watch House Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 6 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Building of historic interest Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 7 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Mock Tudor Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 8 Shuttleworth, A (2020) House in Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 9 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Cottage in Epsom. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 10 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Former Plough and Harrow Public House. In possession of: the author: Epsom


Comberg, E. (2018) 25 Examples of Vernacular Housing From Around the World. At: https://www.archdaily.com/898253/25-examples-of-vernacular-housing-from-around-the-world (Accessed 02/03/2020)

Edwards, S. (2011) Vernacular Architecture and the 21st Century. At: https://www.archdaily.com/155224/vernacular-architecture-and-the-21st-century (Accessed 02/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2010)

Fewins, C. (2013) What is Vernacular Style?. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/vernacular-style/ (Accessed 02/03/2020)

Jeffery, D. (2018) 13 Characterful Traditional-Style Homes. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/traditional-homes-gallery/ (accessed 02/03/2020)

Orme, J. (2016) Contemporary Home with Traditional Materials. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/contemporary-home-with-traditional-materials/ (accessed 02/03/2020)

Salman, M (2018) Sustainability and Vernacular Architecture: Rethinking What Identity Is. London: Intechopen. At: https://www.intechopen.com/books/urban-and-architectural-heritage-conservation-within-sustainability/sustainability-and-vernacular-architecture-rethinking-what-identity-is (Accessed 03/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2010) Adelphi Road Conservation Area: Character appraisal & management proposals. At: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/residents/planning/historic-environment/AdelphiRoadCAFinal.pdf (Accessed 04/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2009) Ewell Village Conservation Area Character Appraisal & Management Proposals. At: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/residents/planning/historic-environment/EwellVillageCAFinal.pdf (Accessed 04/03/2020)

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