The building proposal for Woodspring is very simple; to refurbish the existing house to modern standards, and to link the existing garage structure with the house, by way of a contemporary and sleek single storey ‘link’ extension.
The single storey, low profile proposal, carefully 'connects' and integrates the two existing forms on the site. This is achieved by introducing a largely transparent facade on the south facing garden side, which 'dematerialises' by reflecting the landscape and context, with elegant vertical oak fins that support a full length canopy and 'plinth'. To the rear, where more privacy is required to the public footpath, a zinc facade with carefully punched apertures, neatly wraps the adjoining corner and creates a 'service'connection and rear 'dirty' entrance. This new service zone, including utility, WC, plant room and rear entrance, connects into the new kitchen to the rear of the property creating an acoustic buffer and privacy to the lane on the north of the site.
The existing kitchen in the main house will extend into the new infill extension to provide better access to the garden and to take advantage of the sun path that is captured by the terrace and new south facing façade. The existing ‘garage’ structure will form the main dining area, a double height space with lots of natural daylight; above which, sits a 'work from home' office pod that hangs within the double height dining space, and is accessed discreetly and privately so to remain hidden.
A sedum roof further integrates the project with the setting and landscape, and provides a biodiversity enhancement.
Wye Valley AONB, Ecology, Tree Protection
RIBA Stage 3 Planning
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