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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.
The original house was constructed in the early 1900’s. It was undersized, needed renovation and sat on a large plot. The rear garden wall was listed, the plot bounded Henry 8th Royal hunting grounds - Bushy Park - and it was located in the London Borough of Richmond.
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