This project posed a simple question: How do you form a large extension to a red brick 3-storey 7 bedroom rectangular detached Victorian house? Our client’s conclusion was exactly the same as ours: by creating a sparkling contemporary counterpoint.
We additionally concluded that the extension should appear subservient to the original, particularly when viewed from the road (the only public viewpoint). This was to be achieved in four main ways. Firstly it was to have approximately half the height, next it was to have great transparency, thirdly it was to be located to one side and slightly to the rear of the existing house and finally it was to have a narrow frontage. These ideas gave birth to the the concept of a lens-shaped plan; something completely different to the existing house and 100% contemporary but visually subservient.
Viewed from the entrance to the site, the ‘lens’ presents a sharp glazed arris and relatively narrow frontage. However, inside it is very large, providing ample space for the open-plan living arrangement required by our clients. Also, with plenty of glass extending to the underside of the mono-pitch roof, the space is filled with light. An internal bridge connects the first floor bedroom accommodation with a new gallery and feature spiral staircase. The room therefore seeks to provide the family with a large, flexible and dynamic space.