Gatti House

Adam Knibb Architects, Colden Common, 2019


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Situated in rural Hampshire at the edge of the South Downs National Park is the Old Vicarage

The client’s aim was to create a contemporary two storey extension to a historic family home, offering flexible spaces whilst ensuring the addition sits sympathetically within its context. As privacy and security is important within a family home, the design creates a balanced relationship between large open living areas and private spaces. With both a south and east facing garden it was important to maximise the natural light into the new interior to negate any dark zones.

The extension's envelope is clad with vertical timber fins to be in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic. The ground floor consists of a dining area that shares a dual facing fireplace with the existing snug, effectively linking the new space to the existing property. The kitchen has been refurbished and opens out to the new dining area to exploit the surrounding views which are framed by large sliding corner doors. The first floor consists of a dressing room and an ensuite to the master bedroom which offer spectacular views to the surrounding landscape. The final outcome, although contemporary in form, blends harmoniously with the local surroundings and is respectful of the Old Vicarage’s character and form.


  • Begun: Nov 2018
  • Completed: Jul 2019
  • Floor area: 245m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £140,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Oct 2018
  • Procurement: JCT MW16 / Traditional procurement
  • Address: Colden Common, Colden Common, SO21, United Kingdom

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