The Laundry Room
A single-storey timber frame extension to listed Arts & Crafts house, articulated as a lightweight insertion between two existing stepping, masonry garden walls.
Locally listed Arts & Crafts house in Bromley was a subject to many alterations and extensions since its completion in 1912, and it served multiple purposes before it became a care home for the elderly.
Local listings, conservation area setting and a number of restrictive covenants made up for a complicated planning context. A single-story timber frame extension was designed to accommodate a new laundry and ironing facilities and improve the work environment for the care staff. The new structure is respectful of the inherent character of the house, and it is articulated as a lightweight insertion between the two existing stepping masonry garden walls.
The proposal does not copy or compete with the existing style, and it doesn’t confuse the historical legibility of the original structure but instead offers an appropriate contemporary solution to its unique site setting and parameters of the brief.