Strom Architects has completed this wooden-clad, timber-framed annexe, designed to be used as a flexible party house with additional guest accommodation
The main house was designed by Magnus Strom at his previous practice, and externally, the annexe shares a common architectural language with the original structure: sweet chestnut cladding and black Kolumba brick, which visually ties the two buildings together. The annexe however has a pitched roof and smaller punched windows to provide it with its own distinct design identity.
Internally, the exterior walls and ceiling are clad in reclaimed pine, and all partitions walls are timber stud construction, clad in grey Valchromat. The floor is finished with the same black brick as the exterior plinth. The plan consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom, an open-plan living/games/bar area with a mezzanine storage area.
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Source: Richard Chivers
Interior fittings such as the bar, bedside units and hanging rails have been designed to read seamlessly with the architecture, as if it’s all a single giant joinery item. The units are made out of grey Valchromat, wrapped in blackened steel and highlighted by recessed LED lighting.
Outside, there is a wooden deck complete with semi-sunken hot tub, a built-in brick seating area, pizza oven and wood store.
The annexe sits in an ecologically sensitive site within the New Forest National Park and extensive wildlife surveys had to be undertaken prior to beginning any works in order to minimise disruption to the natural habitats of different species.
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We wanted there to be a dialogue between the annexe and the main house, which is why we chose to use the same material palette for the new addition on site. However, we didn’t want to simply replicate the main house or deny the annexe its own identity. By using a pitched roof form and adopting a more solid facade with small punched windows, we were able to contrast it with the flat-roofed, heavily glazed main house. The resultant form is reminiscent of what a child might produce when asked to draw a ’typical house’.
The darker rooms and choice of interior materials reinforce the contrast with the bright, crisp white walls of the main house. The result is a cosy environment that focuses the inhabitants internally, making the internal walls and furniture more of a feature than a backdrop.
The annexe has a more playful feel than most of our architecture; this was intentional, ensuring that we rooted a sense of fun in it that would complement the client’s personality and the parties to come. The high quality materials and the complex, precise detailing ensure that the building retains its design integrity, whilst the interior touches maintains its sense of fun and party spirit.
Emma Ward-Lambert, project architect
Annexe plan copy
Start on site November 2016
Completion September 2017
Gross internal floor area 57m²
Construction cost Undisclosed
Architect Strom Architects
Structural engineer Calcinotto
QS Patrick Swift Associates
Main contractor Rice Projects
CAD software used Vector works