Design Awards 2013
North Gardner Street
Winner: Design Award
The old office building is bound on three sides by tenement backcourts. The single-aspect, open plan kitchen, dining and living area at ground floor is naturally lit through high level glazing on the southern boundary, a rooflight to the eastern edge and a glazed first floor landing, whilst patio doors lead to the west-facing private walled garden.
The first floor accommodates four bedrooms and family bathroom, all positioned around a double height hall with large rooflight. A secondary stair leads to a loft and roof terrace.
The first floor plate was extended, cantilevering to prevent any direct view into the living space from the surrounding tenements.
The new (west) elevation is split into two elements; the base is read as a combination of black-stained cedar and glass. The elevation of the block above is an extrusion of the building section; creating a simple, cedar-clad profile with black framed windows and shutters.