Garden House is full of small, specific moments: moments of retreat, entertaining, working, music, living, and connection to nature and landscape.
Our task was extending a small Edwardian cottage, crafting spaces for our clients to spend time together and apart, and to create delight in the everyday.
The house’s spaces progress from public to private as you move from front to back. The original Edwardian cottage section at the front contains spaces for guests, movies, working from home, and music.
The new section steps down into a space of calm and retreat that is more connected to an idea of nature and landscape than the urban mood of the street. This orients it better to the garden and makes it more liveable.
The addition at the rear is a repeat of the existing volume, but deconstructed. To create the shape and the subsequent planning arrangement, we (virtually) unfolded the roof of the Edwardian cottage.
It encourages the house to unfold into garden and landscape, welcoming swathes of landscape deep into each garden-facing room.