Rear/infill extension with a sequence of uses, each defined by changes in ceiling pattern: exposed larch beams shift orientation from the rooflit dining space to window seat/living area, and flow externally to a sheltered pergola space.
Downstairs only (max visitors 30)
Chance de Silva,
To create a series of uses across a single level, including kitchen, dining, living and study areas, as well as an external patio.
Each space is given its own character through changes in ceiling treatment and connection to the garden/sky.
The main 'lived in' spaces are defined by exposed larch beams that shift orientation moving from rooflit dining space to the main window seat/sitting area, and flow externally to a sheltered patio with matching larch pergola. These are visually separated from the ancillary kitchen, which is designed to be visually subservient through its lower ceiling and ‘end shelving’ that caps off the space, allowing the kitchen joinery to read more as living room furniture.
A red stock brick wall creates a feature along the 'lived in' spaces, and helps guide the eye outside through the bay window.
An external hierarchy is established on the main elevation starting with a tall projecting zinc bay marking the main internal living area – the window continues through the frameless bay glazing becoming an outdoor cedar bench.
In contrast to the dynamic ceiling and walls, it was important to highlight that the spaces were open and connected across a single level. Slate slabs create a homogenous floor that extends externally with a flush sliding door threshold to further strengthen the connection between inside and outside.