This extension of a Victorian cottage in Hampshire is composed of 4 solid elements and 2 glass ones. Two of the solid elements are the original Victorian cottage and an extension build in the 80's. The other two are the Hall and a garage block. These four blocks are arranged to form 2 small courtyards which are filled with a Glasshouse to the South and a veranda to the North, which is the entrance.
The Hall is designed with numerous alcoves to provide the family with a number of spaces to be doing different things in small groups or alone whilst being in the same room. Strongly inspired by some typologies of the Arts and Craft movement, a bay window, an inglenook and other recesses with different qualities surround the room. The Hall is the warmest place in the house in the winter - it is thickly insulated and heated by the kitchen and the wood burning stove. Solar panels and a ground-source heat pump provides the extra heat for water and air.
In contrast, the glass house, which is of the same size, provides Australian weather throughout the year. As soon as the sun is out this space is usable throughout the year and extends the period when you can eat "al fresco". It is made using a standard agricultural glasshouse system including the various standard environmental controls: automatic vents and shading at high level, sliding doors to the garden. This unheated space can also heats the rest of the house in good weather by simply opening the windows that look onto it.
Following the materials of prefabricated houses build in the vicinity between the world wars, called Colonial Bungalows, corrugated galvanised steel sheets will be used for the roof and timber weatherboarding will clad the walls. An engineered timber prefabricated system will be used internally and left visible throughout.