Blending languages

By September 27, 2017May 17th, 2018Blog, Residential, Thinking Aloud

I think that one of the important aspects of making a renovation work architecturally is managing the relationship between the “old” and the “new”.  Each job and context I work in drives a different response. Sometimes the break between old and new is best articulated clearly and amplified – sometimes it works best to “blend” both in – but keep them independent. I find it depends on the nature of the building I am working on.

On this project I have “blended” in the extension, which is a new north facing lounge opening up to an existing swimming pool. The glazing on the new volume is clearly new and modern. Large double glazed doors slid back to open up the lounge to a the pool. But the roof lines and heights have been designed in keeping with the existing building. The proprtions work well together.

Construction is due to start early 2019