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  6. Taylor House / Paul Archer Design

Taylor House / Paul Archer Design

  • 01:00 - 17 October, 2012
Taylor House / Paul Archer Design
Taylor House / Paul Archer Design, © Helen Fickling
© Helen Fickling

© Helen Fickling © Helen Fickling © Will Pryce © Will Pryce +8

From the architect. Retaining just the front and side walls of the original building, a Victorian public house, Paul Archer Design has opened up this ground floor and basement flat to accommodate a unified four-bedroom house.

© Will Pryce
© Will Pryce

The entire rear elevation has been replaced with two-storey glazing by excavating down into the garden, above which a new glass-box kitchen extension floats dramatically. Inverting the traditional hierarchy of domestic architecture, the bedrooms are located on the lower level, with living spaces on the upper level to receive more daylight and retain access to the terraced outdoor areas.

© Will Pryce
© Will Pryce

Taylor House is punctuated by a sequence of extended vistas and uninterrupted circuits of movement. A double-height internal space adjacent to the front staircase establishes a strong sense of connection between floors, and the kitchen and balconies provide an alternative route to the lower level through the garden. An outdoor shower is carefully positioned beneath the kitchen, and an ingenious corridor of sliding walls permits flexibility between private bedrooms and an open-plan arrangement.

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Archreviewer · October 19, 2012

Amazing project. The extension is different to a lot of other extensions to period houses that we see on the British Isles.

Unfortunately, with a lot of these projects, even though they are published, they are impossible for Johnny Public to visit.


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