nimtim were invited to re-imagine an existing Victorian house in Forest Hill and propose a flexible solution that met current and future needs for the three generations that occupied it.
▼住宅外观局部，partial exterior view of the house
▼轴测草图，新建的体量进行扭转，the sketched axon, the new addition is twisted against the geometry of the rest of the house
The brief was to create a 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 addition 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.
▼住宅外观局部，采用天然水泥板覆层的外墙和木框门，partial exterior view of the house with the exposed stained Accoya timber doors that are framed by natural cement board cladding
▼住宅外观细节，details of the exterior view of the house
The angled extension invites the garden to become the focus of the house: it is conceived as a garden pavilion that has merged with the existing house. Thus the simple structure of the space is exposed with painted dark green steels and exposed ceiling joists, weaving the pavilion into the landscape.
▼扭转后的花园凉亭式体量，深绿色钢才和裸露的天花板托梁将其与景观融为一体，the interior view of the angled extension, the painted dark green steels and exposed ceiling joists weaving the pavilion into the landscape
The design process was structured to ensure meaningful collaboration with every member of the family. Nimtim assessed and balanced all of these sometimes conflicting needs and requirements. They also invited the family to contribute ideas to the design in terms of colours, materials, layout. This meant everyone felt a sense of ownership with the new family space and even helped fabricate some of the key elements – such as choosing the colour and size of the marble pieces in the terrazzo worktop.
▼扩建的花园凉亭式体量与原有的起居室，the angled extension and the existing living room
Internally, materials celebrate the context of the house with pale-grey cement tiles that express the different geometries and use these angles to softly demarcate the spaces. The green kitchen cabinets are complemented by the kitchen worktop in dark grey terrazzo and a spectacular bespoke terrazzo island with large marble aggregates of contrasting colours – placed personally by the family in the factory. Externally, the exposed stained Accoya timber doors are framed by natural cement board cladding.
▼扩建的花园凉亭式体量与原有的厨房，the angled extension and the existing kitchen
▼厨房，绿色的橱柜与深灰色水磨石打造而成的台面和漂亮的定制水磨石中岛交相辉映，the kitchen, the green kitchen cabinets are complemented by the kitchen worktop in dark grey terrazzo and a spectacular bespoke terrazzo island
▼厨房局部和中岛细节，水磨石中岛上还配有各种撞色的大型大理石块，partial interior view of the kitchen and island details, the terrazzo island is equipped with large marble aggregates of contrasting colours
▼住宅室内地面细节，水泥砖以不同的形式排列，同时通过不同排列形式之间的夹角在视觉上进行空间的分隔，floor details, the pale-grey cement tiles express the different geometries and use these angles to softly demarcate the spaces
“Nimtim were incredibly collaborative. They took our nascent thoughts and vague brief, and made them real, adding their own clever interpretation of our needs along the way. The end result is more than we could ever have imagined – a beautiful new family space that is layered, nuanced, stylish and practical”.
The innovative use of angles is used to connect inside and out making both the garden become part of the house and the new extension part of the garden.
▼室内构造细节，interior construction details
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，first floor plan
▼后立面图及其材料分析，rear elevation and its material study
Architects: nimtim architects ltd
Structural Engineers: SD Structures
Main Contractor: Martins Builders and Decorators Megan Taylor
Photography: Megan TaylorAJ & D Chapelhow
Doors and windows: AJ & D Chapelhow
Concrete boards: Equitone
Kitchen supplier: Howdens carcasses. Doors sprayed by Easy-spray
Worktop: Diespeker & Co
Floor tiles: Alhambra
Pendant lights: Skandium – Muuto