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'an expressive
but
seemingly
floating plane
that cohesively
unites the
facade
'

Located in the suburban Borough of Ealing, London, United Kingdom. A tired mid-century home is reinvigorated by converting a redundant garage.

Like many houses of this age the original garage space has become obsolete with the width of modern vehicles. Retrofitting the space to become useable is an obvious move in London, but it’s also a sustainable move.  Creating a unique sense of arrival and identity to the house was key, our approach was to create an expressive but seemingly floating plane that cohesively unites the façade. This angular sculpted soffit tapers back towards the front door stimulating a sense of an intimate embrace ‘a warm sense of arrival’. This floating plane is cantilevered from the main house, a natural pocket beneath revitalises the entranceway with a sense of grandeur.  

'this angular
sculpted soffit
tapers back
towards
the
front door
stimulating
a
sense of an
intimate embrace
‘a warm sense
of arrival
'

A charcoal blue hue of the bespoke dyed and oiled charred Larch timber is supplemented with the warm hues and undertones of Red Cedar to complete the palette.

 

The timber skin wraps around perimeter of intervention, veiling the window and concealing the front door which declutters the façade. Concealed within this skin is a digitally controlled parcel cupboards and an electric car charging point all intended to futureproof the design.

The open plan interior is centred around the ‘conversation pit’ this sunken seating area is modest, designed just for a family of five. Much like the exterior the interior mimics the language of the under-croft the bespoke plywood joinery wraps the wall and ceiling above the pit. Concealed ambient lighting integrated into each step furthers the warmth of the timber. The plywood panel’s part to reveal a cinema entertainment system and an abundance of storage.

© 2021  All photographs by Alexander Metcalfe Photography             

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