Photography by Tom Sullam
Natalie Charles and Peter Edwards are the clients for this 65m 2 extension of their Victorian house in Wandsworth, London. Landscape designer Natalie Charles is also the garden designer. So the relationship between the new architecture and the garden was paramount, and the design evolved in tandem with her vision for the garden.
The unique feature of the extension is that its supporting structure is refined down to a single column standing in the garden. This allows the full-height external glazing to fold back completely so that the ground-floor elevation is effectively removed. This, combined with timber flooring inside and out, blurs the boundary between garden and house.
Natural materials were used. Structural steelwork is expressed to reflect the strong vertical planting theme and the use of steel and timber structures in the landscaping. A strong geometry also developed on plan, responding to the path of the sun and views of the garden.
The project architect was Manuel Nogueira; contractor John Coyle Contracts.