The private clients who bought this listed building in a prestigious terrace of townhouses had recently relocated to Falmouth. Having travelled extensively, they brought with them a wide variety of experience and ideas – along with an equally varied and impressive collection of furniture and kitchen equipment which they wanted their house extension to reflect.
Our job as architects was to bring everything together into an eclectic harmonious reality, managing the whole process from initial concept to completion. On a practical level, we needed to create a different flow around the house, with space to entertain and perhaps for children to play in the future. Our collaboration with the client resulted in the addition, to the rear of the property, of a new kitchen and dining area, basement and garage/gatehouse.
Our unusual design, with a complex geometry made possible by our sophisticated 3D software, deliberately avoids any hint of creating a pastiche of the original building’s style. This was a key factor in achieving planning and listed building consent, as the officers recognised that our dramatic approach clearly differentiated the new from the historic.
The large, flat rooflight symbolically separates old and modern, while the mix of construction materials and technologies befits the clients’ nature. Friends from London say they have never seen a more beautiful and exciting extension project anywhere.