The elongated dwelling is organized around a courtyard with ambiguous thresholds to the adjacent interior spaces.The scheme is articulated as a continuous sleeve of modernist, open-plan space partially slotted under a Victorian terrace house. White- rendered exterior building volumes surrounding the courtyard contain smaller-scale interior forms of the same sculptural vocabulary, and these elements continue under the brick building mass above the other half of the scheme. Moving through the residence one experiences alternating spatial expansion and compression, both horizontally and vertically. The full-width entry area compresses through a narrower work space, to a full-width dining and living area, before narrowing into the kitchen and utility area that occupies the link, then expanding to full width again in the master suite to the rear of the courtyard. A glass roof to the shower room gives this interior space the same infinite verticality as the courtyard.

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The master bedroom and bathroom can be viewed across the courtyard from the galley kitchen that occupies the glazed link. Photo  of Unité de Rénovation modern home

The master bedroom and bathroom can be viewed across the courtyard from the galley kitchen that occupies the glazed link.

The elongated composition of rectilinear planes and volumes slots under a row of brick, Victorian-era terrace houses. Photo 2 of Unité de Rénovation modern home

The elongated composition of rectilinear planes and volumes slots under a row of brick, Victorian-era terrace houses.

A glazed roof over the shower in the ensuite master bathroom provides framed views of the sky and rain. Photo 3 of Unité de Rénovation modern home

A glazed roof over the shower in the ensuite master bathroom provides framed views of the sky and rain.

From the master bedroom one can look back down the length of the space through the internal kitchen link or the external courtyard. Photo 4 of Unité de Rénovation modern home

From the master bedroom one can look back down the length of the space through the internal kitchen link or the external courtyard.