nimtim were invited to re-imagine the existing house and find a solution that met current and future needs of the three generations that occupied it. The proposed design had to provide space for the family to relax together but also be flexible enough to provide a living space and bedroom for the grandmother at ground level in the future.
The response had to balance all of these complex requirements without significantly extending the existing house due to its location within a conservation area. Nimtim proposed a new garden room that was twisted against the geometry of the rest of the house. This space acts as focal point to the other spaces around it, becoming a kind of shared courtyard / threshold connecting the new annexe, family kitchen/ dining room and framing a re-configured garden.
The angled extension allows the garden and park beyond to become the focus of the house, framing the views onto it and also making the new space part of it. The space is conceived as a garden pavilion that has merged with the existing house. Thus the structure of the pavilion space is exposed with painted dark green steels and exposed ceiling joists.
Internally, materials celebrate the context of the house with pale-grey cement tiles that respond to the colliding geometry of the spaces. The soft green kitchen cabinets are complemented by the kitchen worktop in dark grey terrazzo with spectacular large marble aggregates of contrasting colours. Externally, the exposed stained timber doors are framed by natural cement board cladding.