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Artists Studio + Residential Extension Darlington


Our client creates precise monochrome drawings in graphite, acrylic and watercolour, of photographic images he collects or takes himself. The intense concentration required to complete each work needs an environment of absolute calm, free from any unnecessary distraction.


Our brief was to deliver two new spaces: A detached drawing studio and an extension to the existing kitchen. The challenge was to integrate this new accommodation into an established suburban residential context.


The existing kitchen screened by a conservatory, was very dark. Large windows on the east and south elevations of the new extension create a spacious light filled room, sunny for most of the day.


The studio had to provide very different light conditions and eliminate sunlight as far as possible. Its windows face north and west, lighting two distinct volumes, providing an even uniform light.


The existing back garden, articulated by the new structures, was reorganised into a series of courtyard spaces using a selective range of materials: raised beds with grass or pebbles; timber steps and decking; granite for the paths and patio with its timber pergola. The garden and new structures are unified in detail, proportion and materials to create a pleasant sun-filled place with varying degrees of separation from, and togetherness with, domestic family life.


Structural Engineer David Narro Associates Main Contractor R M Richardson Construction Darlington Ltd


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