Barnes Private Residence, SW13

Full remodelling and refurbishment creating a glass cube, garden extensions and converting the loft.

The existing property in this leafy part of Barnes is currently in a tired state and in need of complete remodelling and extending. The proposal is to create more space for a growing family while respecting the sensitive context.

The clients’ brief was around light and nature; the design must open up to the garden and allow light to flood into the interior spaces. Symmetry plays a role in this design and all glazing has been designed around the golden proportion, seen throughout history as sacred.

At the ground floor, a new glass cube creates a contemporary nucleus for the home and acts to bridge the space between interior and garden. Either side of the glass cube is the lounge and kitchen respectively.

The home champions simplicity, with references to the architecture of Scandinavia and Japan. A double-height studio looking out onto the garden supports the clients’ desire to dance while being connected to nature. Crittall screens have been added to frame important apertures and views.