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The project reconfigures a first floor flat within a building that was converted from a house in the 1970’s. The flat was altered to provide an open plan kitchen in the living room, allowing the creation of an additional bedroom.
An extension of only one metre in depth has helped transform this house. A multitude of small rooms and a head height of only 2m in the semi underground basement kitchen made it feel very pokey. By lowering both the garden and the basement, together with stripping back the ground floor from the rear and then adding the glass box on the rear, our clients can now enjoy the garden from either the kitchen dining room or whilst relaxing in the sofa area above.
RIBA Award Winner 2011
‘Don’t Move Impro
A rear extension and internal remodeling of a dilapidated Victorian terrace house bringing an abundance of natural light deep into the heart of the home.
*Shortlisted New London Architecture Don't Move Improve! 2013
A project for a designer and a potter in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire. The project unifies a previously subdivided villa within the Lenzie conservation area and updates the interior throughout. We were asked to look at comprehensively improving the building's thermal performance and so it includes the introduction of insulation into the existing envelope, a new air source heat pump, while at the same time maintaining the decorative features which made the house so attractive in the first place.
Due to the subdivision which had previously happened, the existing building...
Karl & Vanessa were moving from a large New York apartment to London. They had been living a lateral existence, all rooms on the same level, no steps and no stairs. They asked for a sense of their New York apartment in their new home, but there was only one catch… The house they were buying was a town house, over five floors, with steps in abundance.
This proposal for an extension to a family home in Dublin was informed by the client’s interest in Japanese architecture and the desire for a better connection to the west facing garden.
A courtyard garden, or tsubo-niwa as they are known throughout Japan, is positioned at the centre of the reordered home. A typical tsubo-niwa is limited in size, whereas the courtyard is, in this instance, extended and connected to the living spaces; allowing our clients to live within their garden.