Our client for this project is a notable artist working in the UK. Our brief was to refurbish her Georgian house and add a basement extension to it in addition to creating a new purpose-built garden studio for her. We thought the studio should be like a retreat, distinct from the house and thus not only physically separate from it but different in its feel and look. We opted for an uncompromisingly modern design for the studio and received planning within four months, a feat within a Conservation Area.
The studio is a flat roof design clad in white Portland stone both inside and out. The roof is planted making it feel like a garden pavilion. This required more depth for its structure. To avoid the roof appearing too bulky as a result, we put support steelwork in place that enabled us to slim down the roof profile as much as possible. Natural light was another important consideration in our design. The building has full height glass facades facing northwest and southwest as well as a cupola with perimeter glazing above the main roof.
Engineer: Tony Wells Engineering
Contractor: JH Builders