A deconstructed extension: light through the crevices
15 March 2019
When our clients came to us a couple of years ago, they had plans from their previous architect who was proposing a large standard box extension. They already had planning permission from Barnet Council for a ground floor rear extension to double the footprint of the house but they found it “just so boring”.
We jumped at the chance to deconstruct the layout. As the house would become very deep, the main challenge was to bring light to the centre of the building.
Natural light strategy 1 – between volumes
The rear extension is divided into three volumes, each containing a unique function: Entertainment, family dining, and kitchen. The large, outer volumes have sloping roof lines that allow a greater internal height for the primary functions. The middle volume, which is slightly smaller in scale, has a flat roof so there are large windows between the higher and lower volumes.
Natural light strategy 2 – between the extension and the existing building
A glass link is proposed as a connection between the largest of the three rear volumes and the existing house, allowing for more natural light within the habitable spaces.
Natural light strategy 3 – courtyards
Within the middle volume, there will be two internal courtyards that balance out the circulation without the use of doors or partitions whilst bringing in natural light and ventilation to the heart of the house.
For this project, we used VR technology to give the client a detailed image of the project as it was in development. It also allowed us to quickly make changes to the materials as the design progressed.
The project will be on site in May so watch this space!
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