When we stumbled upon a derelict manor house amidst an overgrown Victorian garden, it was love at first sight. Determined to restore the house to its former glory but also ensure its future existence, we developed a multi-functional plan enabling different layouts and uses in time. Even though the building looks like one coherent structure, history learned that it developed organically as expansions were added over time. True to the past we adapted the house to its specific needs re-interpreting the old rather than bringing the new. And again the house has found a new coherency – 'as if nothing ever changed'.