The scheme involved the ‘upcycling’ of a 1960s house which was in a poor state of repair. The existing building was cold and prone to leaks, with a dysfunctional conservatory that was hot in summer and freezing in winter. A lack of spatial coherence and connection to the surrounding landscape also affected the enjoyment and functionality of the existing house- in particular the bedroom wing presented an austere blank wall to the garden.
Our initial brief was to rebuild the conservatory and rezinc the roof, however we advised the client that the same funds could be used to re-imagine the entire house, if the conservatory was demolished and the metal cladding used for the walls instead of the roof.
The typical approach to this project would be to demolish and rebuild, however we pursued a more sustainable approach of ‘upcycling’ the building by wrapping it in insulation and renewing the interiors.