Four Houses: Garden House by De Matos Ryan Architects
Adding a house to the rear garden of a Victorian property in London neatly overcame some restrictions to solve a need for more space. Compulsory flood-proofing measures (due to the site’s proximity to the river Thames) had to be incorporated while planning restrictions meant neighbouring properties could not be overlooked.
Replacing a potting shed and greenhouse, the new house comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and kitchen/living room. The garden was excavated to create a high-sided, watertight concrete courtyard, while a bridge bisects the white box and marks the entrance to the property.
Internal lightwells and rooflights ensure bedrooms are flooded with natural daylight. The sunken courtyard is characterised by white-pigmented concrete walls and floor. Sliding doors open up the corner of the house, offering a seamless transition to an enclosed landscape.
Angus Morrogh-Ryan, director, De Matos Ryan Architects