Don’t Move, Improve!
We have entered the NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! Awards this year! Our entry has remodeled a late 19th century Victorian house, situated in the Amyard Park Conservation area, Twickenham. It has been transformed to act as a central hub for the family, a free-flowing space catering for the hive of activity, creating strong connections between the old and new, the outside and in.
The ground floor extension along with complete internal refurbishment of the building, includes the removal of sections of the original brick fabric and partial rebuild of an existing garage circa 1924. The detached property has many historical, architectural qualities, which the proposal looks to safeguard, enhance and preserve with a contemporary addition inspired by the historic home.
Conceptually the design takes inspiration from the existing form of the family home, a cluster of large prominent, triangular pitched roofs. The extension follows the strong rhythm, adding to the existing cluster to create a family of three.
The smaller, new addition to the family enhances the connection through the house and towards the garden on arrival. Focused rooflights allow for pools of natural sunlight, dotted along the smaller pitched roof, allowing for an animated entrance to the home. A feature seating area allows for a moment of pause and refection, a bold connection looking back towards the family home and the world within it.
Old brick encapsulates new spaces, new links open up the refurbished ground floor, creating a bright, sun lit, transient space around the heart of the home.
The interiors have been designed by Kay Lear Design.