Drawing Studio & Kitchen Extension

Paterson Architects, Darlington, 2012

 

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A detached drawing studio and a kitchen extension to an existing Edwardian semi-detached house in the leafy west end of Darlignton

Our principal and pragmatic objective was to deliver two new spaces: A detached drawing studio and an extension to the existing kitchen. The challenge was to integrate this new accommodation into its established suburban context in a meaningful way.

The existing kitchen, shielded by a conservatory, was very dark. Large windows on new east and south elevations create a large light filled room, sunny for most of the day.

The Studio had to provide very different light conditions and eliminate sunlight as far as possible. Its windows face north and west, lighting two distinct volumes. They provide an even light to draw by, a primary client requirement.

The existing back garden, articulated by the new structures, was reorganised into a series of new courtyard spaces using a selective range of materials: raised beds with grass or pebbles; timber steps and decking; granite for the paths and patio with its timber pergola.

The garden and new structures are unified in detail, proportion and materials to create a pleasant sun-filled place with varying degrees of separation from and togetherness with domestic life.

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  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2012
  • Floor area: 40m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £82,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2012
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works 2011
  • Address: West End, Darlington, DL3, United Kingdom

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