History[ edit ] Aerial view of the Hawthorne Works, ca. Landsberger  when he was analyzing earlier experiments from —32 at the Hawthorne Works a Western Electric factory outside Chicago. The Hawthorne Works had commissioned a study to see if its workers would become more productive in higher or lower levels of light. The workers' productivity seemed to improve when changes were made, and slumped when the study ended.
The design concept is based on a sketch of the house circa that shows a cluster of pitched roof forms which have been removed over time. The footprint of the extension is located on the original foundations of these previous structures and reinstates the historic courtyard. The roof design features two triangular rooflights which bring light deep into the plan.
The dining and living spaces are defined by the structural layout and vaulted roofs of the two bays formed by the six oak columns.
The kitchen is located at the rear under the original roof structure which has also been vaulted and in so doing reveals the existing chimney breast which was repaired and restored.
The living space is orientated to a large brick chimney and stone hearth, designed as a modern interpretation of the chimney to the main house.
At the four corners of the extension frameless glass-to-glass corners are employed to create a seamless transition from inside to outside.
Together with its extensive rear garden it has been transformed into a modern family home. The design seeks to reconcile the individual elements of the house by creating a singular elegant form. At first floor a new bedroom with ensuite is created.
Other additions include the insertion of oak timber trusses and an oak-sliding wall, which links the kitchen dining space with a day room. The works are complimented by a landscaped garden comprising swimming pool, pergola, timber decking and feature planting.
The architects specified a simple palette of materials including oak, limestone and off-white painted steelwork to give warmth and intimacy to the spaces.
The use of stone and timber is continued externally to mediate between inside and outside. The glazed extension uses structural glass supported from L-shaped steel box sections and incorporates large rooflights to bring light deep into the interior. The clean and muted environment of the workshop provides a calm backdrop for the colourful array of supercars.
Storage and parts are positioned on raised mezzanine areas to the side leaving a large double height area in the centre. A metal stair with cantilevered treads leads up to a break-out area at first floor, overlooking the workshop through a veil of timber louvers.
The site presented us with a few challenges. Secondly, the views out to sea were only achievable at first floor level, and thirdly, the front, less-private side to the plot faced south meaning there would be a conflict between the road and the proposed garden that would front onto it.
We proposed a long linear timber clad form at first floor, set above a light weight glazed section below, and a white rendered wing to the side with a projecting garage at the end to create a welcoming entrance courtyard.
The walls were heavily insulated and sealed to create a highly efficient super structure. An air source heat pump provides the heating and hot water and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system throughout the house recovers the heat from the kitchen and bathrooms to provide warm fresh air in the winter months.
The extensive areas of glazing give a constant reminder of the dramatic and ever changing weather in this exposed location: The brief was to create an exemplary modern home to accommodate four bedrooms with open plan living spaces for entertaining family and friends.
The design aims to have a direct relationship to the garden, maximising light and blurring the threshold between inside and outside space.
The L-shaped plan is pushed to the edges of the site to preserve the green setting around the listed building.
The two-storey accommodation is positioned adjacent to the building line of Manor Court to create a direct relationship. The elevational treatment and building materials take their cues from Manor Court, utilising a simple pallet of brick, timber, off white render, glass and zinc.
The building is arranged on a 3m structural grid, which is expressed both internally and externally to give clarity and order to the composition.
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