When a young family moved from London to a rural hamlet near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, they wanted to be closer to their families. They were also drawn to country living—and the 18th-century stone house they acquired, Follyfield, is surrounded by vast gardens.

With a nod to the clients’ interest in genetics and the site’s ecology, the architects arrayed these panels based on the pattern of the four proteins in a DNA strand from one of the Engelmann spruce that surround the house.