Larch House

Architecturall, Woking, 2013

 

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Single storey ‘timber box’ built within the green belt

The existing site housed an exhausted bungalow which had seen very little upkeep across its 80 year lifespan. The house was internally very dark and uninspiring during the client’s occupation and as a result, daylight and openness were at the top of the architectural wish-list.

The solution was a large, frameless glass roof structure at the heart of the plan. Used to orientate the arrangement of spaces and circulation patterns within the house, the frameless roof structure is a pleasant surprise. Minimal in its detailing, the architectural ‘void’ establishes the feeling of openness and vertical space within the property’s core.

In the interior, pencil sharp shadow gaps separate materials and surfaces, internal doors are frameless and pivot hung, handles are flush, light details are recessed and concealed from view. Spatially, high ceilings and a lightly implied symmetrical layout introduce a serene layering to the rooms. On the exterior of the house a simple, untreated larch profile clads the exterior concealing window frames and entrance doors.

Data

  • Begun: May 2013
  • Completed: Jul 2013
  • Floor area: 175m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £189,500
  • Funding: private loan
  • Procurement: JCT Design and Build (DB)
  • Address: Pathways, Preyheath, Woking, GU22 0SL, United Kingdom

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