Design ideas for a medium sized and brown contemporary one floor exterior in London with mixed cladding.

Private House in SurbitonContemporary Exterior, London

This detached Victorian house was extended to accommodate the needs of a young family with three small children.

The programme was organized into two distinctive structures: the larger and higher volume is placed at the back of the house to face the garden and make the best use of the south orientation and to accommodate a large Family Room open to the new Kitchen. A longer and thinner volume, only 1.15m wide, stands to the western side of the house and accommodates a Toilet, a Utility and a dining booth facing the Family Room. All the functions that are housed in the secondary volume have direct access either from the original house or the rear extension, thus generating a hierarchy of served and servant volumes, a relationship that is homogeneous to that between the house and the extension.
The timber structures, while distinctive in their proportions, are connected by a shallow volume that doubles as a bench to create an architectural continuum and to emphasize the effect of a secondary volume wrapped around a primary one.

While the extension makes use of a modern idiom, so that it is clearly distinguished from the original house and so that the history of its development becomes immediately apparent, the size of the red cedar cladding boards, left untreated to allow a natural silvering process, matches that of the Victorian brickwork to bind house and extension together.
As the budget did not make possible the use a bespoke profile, an off-the-shelf board was selected and further grooved at mid point to recreate the brick pattern of the façade.

A tall and slender pivoting door, positioned at the boundary between the original house and the new intervention, allows a direct view of the garden from the front of the house and facilitates an innovative relationship with the outside.

Photo: Gianluca Maver

Design ideas for a medium sized and brown contemporary one floor exterior in London with mixed cladding. —  Houzz
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joemead81 wrote:15 Apr 2017
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects

    Hi there. The cedar has not been treated and left to naturally age. Hope this helps. Regards, FPArchitects

Abi May wrote:6 Feb 2017
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects

    Hi there, this particular set was around 5K fitted; that was a some 3 yrs ago though. Hope this helps. Best, FPArchitects

mirandamarchese wrote:26 Feb 2015
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects
    Hello, the cladding is actually bespoke, it's standard red cedar 180mm board grooved at mid point to create the narrow effect. Hope this helps. FPArchitects

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Victoria Harrison added this to 7 Timber Cladding Ideas for Your Extension1 Aug 2018

Blend timber with brickThis extension feels crisp and contemporary thanks to the thin, horizontal cladding. However, by keeping the colour of the wood tonally quite close to the original brickwork, the addition doesn’t make too much of a loud statement. It feels quietly connected to the original building, while also being different enough to mark it out as a new space.

Sarah Warwick added this to Here’s Why You Should Clad Your Extension With Timber31 Oct 2017

Bind togetherThis extension is clearly modern, but the boards of the red cedar cladding were chosen to match the size of the Victorian brickwork to tie the two together. If you like the idea of timber cladding silvering over time, follow this example by opting for an untreated wood that will allow the colour change.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Andy Winterburgh added this to New Build4 May 2019

Good bricks - good wood , good doors

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