A modest rear addition to a beautiful existing Victorian home presents an abstract dialogue between the new and old Architecture. Simple and efficient planning moves re-orientate the family’s life around an internal courtyard and a new Northern aspect.
This project seeks to sensitively consider the context and heritage of the existing building through restoration works and new architecture. Both the exterior form and interior spaces are characterised by materiality and proportions which reference this layering of heritage considerations and local context.
The planning and form of the renovation acknowledge the Victorian home, but pursue improvements to passive design principles with greater access to daylight and ventilation. The siting of the new pavilion around a central courtyard space creates an additional area of northern façade for moderating daylight while strengthening the occupants’ connection to the surrounding garden. The courtyard space provides opportunities for privacy, shelter and opposing operable facades for ventilation.
The addition is constructed from honest and robust materials which sympathise with both the adjacent industrial & residential contexts. The materials seek to promote innate sustainability through longevity.
Rigorous internal planning attempts to offer increased amenity within a compact footprint. Openness and connectedness are moderated through subtle shifts in spatial quality across thresholds and adjacencies. Family life is enabled and enriched through flexibility to accommodate their current and future needs.