Full-stop plot: an exemplary end-of-terrace addition.
Within the beak-shaped site, the building adheres to the building lines established by the terrace at the front and back of the site. On the ground floor, however, it extends to fill the site's width, taking in the splayed and curved geometries of the boundary walls. Above this eccentrically planned plinth, the first floor emerges as an orthogonal brick box that rises to align with the eaves level of the adjacent terrace.
By excavating land, a half level has been created to make space for a more generous living area. This principal space sits about a metre below the existing ground level and benefits from a higher floor to ceiling height. The residual area against the splayed boundary neatly locates a discrete back door, and provides light into an otherwise enclosed bathroom.
On the first floor, the formal tautness and rotundity of the raised box is emphasised by crisp flush windows, each with its own orientation, giving the building a more three-dimensional emphasis, exploiting the end of terrace location. Inside, delightful spatial relationships have been established, such as the retractable screen connecting the main bedroom with the top-lit stair. R. G.
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|Publication:||The Architectural Review|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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