‘The Terrace’ redesigned by Riches Hawley Mikhael Architects was originally the library of the house next door.
Originally the long and narrow arrangement of the dwelling was exacerbated by tortuous connection to the garden. The simple move to addressing the sectional arrangement by raising the basement up at the rear, whist lowering the garden but imbued the interior with remarkable three dimensional sophistication and transparency.
The configuration of this dwelling, originally a library to the adjoining house, is a wonderful example of how an architect may add value to an unprepossessing situation and with vision exceed client expectations.
The longitudinal section shift has its counterpoint a sculptural staircase which ascends in solidity with a roof light bringing a beautiful soft quality of natural light into the heart of the arrangement.
Everywhere is a sense of ingenuity, from the discreet laundry room to the gallery study overlooking the kitchen and garden room. The linearity of the plan extended to remarkably long re- landscaped garden and terminates with an elegantly simple sculptural black-clad garage/ studio which assumes an almost gate loge role.
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