Grange ResidenceAn existing Post-War house with a North facing rear garden. The proposal adds a ‘Garden Room’ to the rear of the house. A space that can be utilised as a robust living space by the growing family and also be quarantined as a studio apartment for family who visit from overseas for extended periods. The plan of the existing residence is turned to face the rear garden with a new deck space and reconfiguration of part of the kitchen to address the Northern aspect. The edge condition becomes a playful mediation between light and shadow. Through careful use of material and lighting the taught external skin around the circulation becomes a piece of theatre in the house – shadows from the landscape and the movement of the family through the house cast a subtle trace on the translucent skin. Day and night reveal a different nature of the house and its occupancy. Internally the linings are eroded in places to reveal a raw skeleton of humble materials – LVL studs and particleboard that are overlaid with a veneer of wall lining. The illusion of the solidity of the clean white plasterboard spaces is broken and the grain of construction celebrated.
A. H. Done
Kieron Gait, Leah Gallagher
Christopher Frederick Jones
2013 Houses Award | House Alteration & Addition under 200m2 | Shortlist