Christie Proton Beam Therapy by HKS Architects
We talk to HKS Architects about the Christie Proton Beam Therapy Centre project.
Soho Farmhouse, part of the Soho House group, is a members’ club set in one hundred acres of Oxfordshire countryside. The original farm’s existing 18th century buildings, including a seven-bedroom farmhouse and four-bedroom cottage, have been restored and renovated with forty-one-, two- and three-bedroom wooden guest cabins built along the banks of a lake.
With design spearheaded by Nick Jones, in conjunction with the in-house design team, the Soho Farmhouse interiors were created to feel contemporary yet still authentic. The interiors of the accommodation are influenced by upstate New York cabin culture, with a mix of styles ranging from a rustic feel with reclaimed timber flooring and traditional ticking fabrics, to a restrained and minimal aesthetic, with pared-back fittings. Furnishings are a mix of exclusive designs from the Soho House team using antique and vintage pieces. Each bespoke cabin is fitted with a British custom-made range cooker and fridge, with the Farmhouse green finish co-designed by Nick Jones.
The main barn is the central hub of the farm and home to the house kitchen with its own garden growing fresh seasonal produce year-round. Surrounded by comfortable cottage-style sofas and chairs in mixed patterns and textures, a sprawling blue timber-panelled central bar, anchors the space on cobbled stone flooring. Crittall-style glazing has been incorporated, as well as reclaimed chicken-wire corrugated glass from America for the terrace roof covering. The mezzanine level features reclaimed timber floorboards, a balcony and glazed canopies that were introduced to provide views over the courtyard, lake, boathouse and gym. The walls are finished in timber board that was reclaimed from a previously demolished barn, framing a wood fire and contemporary art.
At the heart of the site sits the farmyard surrounded by the club’s collection of buildings including the boathouse with its 25m outdoor infinity pool which connects to a 16m indoor pool, heated to 30 degrees year-round. The Boathouse is also home to Pen Yen, a grill restaurant serving traditional Japanese robata grill dishes.
Interiors feel contemporary yet still authentic – the aim was to give a home-made and personal feel, more like a guest cottage on a farm.
The Electric Barn, created as a sister to the Electric Portobello and Shoreditch cinemas, is a sixty-seat screening room with full bar and snack kiosk. Over by the Boathouse, there are four floodlit tennis courts (two grass and two all-weather), a five-a-side football pitch, winter ice rink and Cowshed Active gym and studio. There’s also a hidden spa island with steam, sauna and ice bath is the centrepiece of Cowshed Relax, which also has nine treatment rooms, two soaks (a two-person spa bath), a mudroom and six mani-pedi chairs.
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