A simple brief requiring no more than a dining table (suitable for 8 diners) from which to enjoy the garden running back from the main house. Our solution is a gradual phasing of transitions - spread over three spaces at different levels - slowly blurring the distinction between the enclosed and the open such that the transition from house to garden would be more akin to a journey than the crossing of a threshold. The new room is located beyond the rear addition so as to enclose the side return as an independent garden. The envelope is a thin folded roof plane resting on a long boundary wall. Facades to the main garden and the courtyard are folding glass planes that pullback in their entirety to maximise the penetration of garden into the space.
Location: Brixton, London
Reference: ‘Variations on incomplete open cubes' Sol LeWitt
‘Drawing Black’ Anne Lindberg