Over the Edge is a minimal house located in Hythe, Kent, United Kingdom, designed by Jonathan Burlow. The project is set in a confined context with the architecture exploiting the potential of the site in a furtive manner. The extension takes on a superficial configuration of the existing houses prototypical elements; large windows, brick walls and a pitched roof. In doing so, the addition is aligned within its context yet pronouncing itself through a refinement of substance.
▼住宅外观，exterior view ©Simone Bossi
exterior view of the extension that is placed on a concrete pedestal ©Simone Bossi
The concept of the addition to the main house arrives as an expression of the ideologies behind the historic rural grain store buildings, typically constructed in Southern England during the 18th century. Commonly grain store buildings were built separated from the main house on saddle stones, lifting the granaries above the ground, thereby protecting the stored grain from vermin and water seepage. The extension references the rationale at the time, lifting the kitchen from the ground and placing the space on a concrete pedestal.
▼扩建体量外观局部，partial exterior view of the extension ©Simone Bossi
In giving the appearance of separation, the addition is pushed away from the main house causing the extension to project over the edge of the concrete. The landscape falls away beneath the cantilevered edge, giving the impression of being lifted from the ground.
the addition is over the edge of the concrete ©Simone Bossi
the landscape falls away beneath the cantilevered edge ©Simone Bossi
The materiality of the extension remains contextual by using clay bricks yet distinguishes itself through its constructed appearance. The stacking of the bricks is derived through the idea of how the produce was stored within the old grain store buildings. Typically, white sacks full of grain would be organised in a stacked manner. The extension embodies this through its exterior stack-bonded brickwork composition.
exterior walls details made of clay bricks ©Simone Bossi
The interior space presents itself as basic in finishing’s and fixtures, allowing the activities and furnishings that will evolve and change through time to become an ever-changing curation of one’s habits and choices.
interior view of the extension with large windows introducing the natural scenery ©Simone Bossi
the minimal interior space ©Simone Bossi
▼室内空间局部，partial interior view ©Simone Bossi
part of interior space is located on the concrete base ©Simone Bossi
▼室内采用镜面，the interior space with the mirror ©Simone Bossi
▼浴室，the bathroom ©Simone Bossi
▼室内地面细节，interior flooring details ©Simone Bossi
▼项目区位图，the situation map ©Jonathan Burlow
▼平面图，floor plan ©Jonathan Burlow
▼剖面图1，section 1 ©Jonathan Burlow
▼剖面图2，section 2 ©Jonathan Burlow
▼剖面图3，section 3 ©Jonathan Burlow
Project Name: Over the Edge
Architectural Firm: Jonathan Burlow
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area: 97m2
Project location: Hythe, Kent UK
Lead Architects: Jonathan Burlow
Photo credits: Simone Bossi
Engineering: Neil Smith Associates
Collaborators: Artist Butler Archive
Bricks: Petersen Tegl
Specialist concrete: Lazenby’s
Kitchen worktop: Henderstone