The form of the house is derived from the vernacular typology prevalent in the South East of England. The traditional model has been updated with contemporary detailing and an open plan layout.
By using the form and materials of the local area it is believed that the house will have an emotive quality that connects with its surroundings whilst offering a contemporary model for country living.
The form of the house is intended to be recognisably native to the area. The large roof volume is derived from the oldest surviving typology, the aisled hall house. This form is adapted to fit a second story of accommodation with the addition of two gables to the south facade. The pitch of the roof is stopped short on the north side to allow windows at first floor level and a two storey wing of accommodation is added to the east, with a single storey volume to the west. A series of walls extend from the house to define the gardens.
The original house was built by the Duke of Norfolk in the early 19th Century as a farmhouse for the estate manager. In recent decades the house has been comprehensively redecorated masking many of the qualities of the Regency building.
Working closely with the client we have undertaken a careful restoration of the property to draw out its natural elegance whilst adapting the spaces to create a layout suitable for modern family life.
Brick extension to a South London house in a Conservation Area.
Rear extension and side return to a house in West London
There is an assumption within the modern aesthetic that when two parts come together the joining of the parts should be suppressed out of respect for the expression of the unified whole. In contrast, many traditional styles have a tendency to decorate the joint. The idea of decoration has a strong foundation in classical architecture where the pursuit of the perfect aesthetic gave rise to a preference of visual harmony over an honest expression of construction.
This study questions the point at which honesty should give way to aesthetics and the degree to which the composition of parts should influence an attitude towards honesty.