An Edwardian house in Dulwich is remodeled around the garden to bring in daylight and blur the boundaries between inside and outside
This transformation of an already spacious house creates a light-filled garden room and dining room along the mature garden. Arranged around an amelanchier tree the spaces provide a variety of different views over the garden and access points to the outside.
The project addresses awkward circulation and connects the central spaces better to the garden. The dining area to the back is opened up with a large glass wall while a small sympathetic extension provides an additional transition space to the garden. This was made possible by moving the utility room further towards the middle of the house.
The kitchen takes centre-stage and is now accessed directly from the main entrance hall. An ingeniously inserted high level band of screened windows provides additional daylight deep into the space.
The front room becomes a more intimate space for the children, providing room for homework, music and play.
The ceiling joists of the garden room are left exposed to add to the height of the space and filter the light coming in through the roof lights. The direction of the joists is chosen to obscure views through the roof lights onto the adjacent building.
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The kitchen becomes the heart of the house, through it the front room and the rear of the house are accessed.
A high level slot window brings daylight into the back of the kitchen. Slatted louvres spread the light into different directions while obscuring the view onto the side wall of the adjacent building.
A sliding door gives direct access from the kitchen to the utility room.
Pictures: Henry Woide