Our brief was to transform a 1950's house in an established garden suburb of Edinburgh, to fulfil the needs of a growing family.
The rear elevation of the house, which addresses the generous, private back garden, has a less than ideal north easterly aspect. Our solution, to provide a large, busy family living, eating, cooking space and 3 additional bedrooms, was to scoop out the central rear section of the house and form a deep plan extension into the garden. To take maximum advantage from the warmer hue'd natural light of the south and west aspects, we formed a very large glazed lantern, projecting off the existing roof ridge, over a double height central void in which a semi helical stair give access to the upper floor. The stair informally divides the 85Msq living space into eating, sitting and cooking zones giving it subliminal structure.
This arrangement ensures that the interior is constantly animated and bright.
The mass of the extension is formed from straight wall planes to both sides with a dominant 'L' shaped wall between. Visual and physical access to the garden is through the softer, timber clad and glazed panels that link the masonry walls. The 'L' shaped wall turns its back on the garden and contains the end of the roof lantern, conceptually collecting light from the south west. The section, plan and elevations are all generated using classical proportioning systems abstracted to give an assymetrical modernism.