Home & Art studio for Mrs L

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Located in the green Surrey countryside, this project consists of the refurbishment and extension of an existing detached house, in order to create a private art studio with a swimming pool and some family facilities.

The request came from the new owner of the property Mrs. ‘L’, a well known painter, descendant of one of the most artically important families of painters of the past two centuries, running from the very first impressionism.

Mrs. L asked us to help her to create on this relatively large site the conditions that would allow her to express her artistic research, and preserve and pass on her children and their future generations the important artistic family heritage. We found Mrs. L ideas and needs so connected with her daily habits that I thought then to develop for her a design for a private Art-Studio intended as extension of her home in the same way her art is the natural extension of her domestic living.

In order to meet the very detailed and specific brief that came out from our inspirational conversations with Mrs. L, we had to partially remodel, fully refurbish and retrofit the existing house, and extend it on its East side with a part single-storey, part two-storey new development. It is in this new wing that the Art Studio has been located, and organized as a fluent series of dedicated spaces all around a central swimming pool, an essential source of inspiration for Mrs. L abstract water subjects. These new spaces include areas for Oil, Tempera, Water colour and Gouaches painting and drawing, on the South side, and areas for Photography, Lithography and Print making on its North side.

The Challenge

The project site is plenty of beautiful and secular trees protected also by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO). What made the overall project feasible and sustainable in a such natural and valuable environment is a specific technical solution adopted for the single story extension, which takes the larger area covered by the new addition.

This part has been conceived with a ‘mushroom’ structure where the central core with the swimming pool becomes also foundation and support of the cantilevered wings, which works like suspended terraces. This allows to: Substantially reduce the area of the excavation required to its 29%, re-direct the rainwater collected from the flat roof above into the soil through a dedicated diffusion system, have adequate natural ventilation on the area covered by the ‘wings’ around the swimming pool core, thanks to the air gap left.

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Modern home with Exterior, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Green Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. The view of the side extension on the Art Atelier side Photo  of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The view of the side extension on the Art Atelier side

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Corner View of the house extension

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Corner close-up of the house extension

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Side view of the side extension

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The detached house with the single-two story side extension

Modern home with Outdoor, Vertical Fences, Wall, Garden, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Landscape Lighting, and Gardens. Side close-up of the house extension with the swimming pool area Photo 6 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

Side close-up of the house extension with the swimming pool area

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Side Yard, Landscape Lighting, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Vertical Fences, Wall. View from the swimming pool in the side extension Photo 7 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

View from the swimming pool in the side extension

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Walkways, Landscape Lighting, and Vertical Fences, Wall. The seats for the couple in the gym area Photo 8 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The seats for the couple in the gym area

Modern home with Office, Desk, Shelves, Concrete Floor, Craft Room Room Type, Chair, Bookcase, Storage, Study Room Type, and Ceramic Tile Floor. The Art Atelier Photo 9 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Lamps, Craft Room Room Type, Study Room Type, Concrete Floor, Desk, Bookcase, Shelves, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Chair. The Art Atelier Photo 10 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Craft Room Room Type, Bookcase, Study Room Type, and Chair. The accesses to the Art Atelier and the Swimming pool Photo 11 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The accesses to the Art Atelier and the Swimming pool

Modern home with Office, Concrete Floor, Chair, Desk, Bookcase, Craft Room Room Type, Study Room Type, and Storage. The Art Atelier Photo 12 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Concrete Floor, Shelves, Storage, Desk, and Chair. The Art Atelier Photo 13 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Shelves, Study Room Type, Concrete Floor, Storage, Desk, and Chair. The Art Atelier Photo 14 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Chair, Desk, Concrete Floor, Shelves, and Study Room Type. The Art Atelier Photo 15 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

Modern home with Office, Chair, Storage, Desk, Shelves, Concrete Floor, and Study Room Type. The Art Atelier Photo 16 of Home & Art studio for Mrs LView Photos

The Art Atelier

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