This narrow single fronted ‘period’ terrace involved an exercise in re-configuring, re-cycling & ultimately
re-generation. Eschewing a desire to wipe clean the slate & start afresh the intervention here was instead one of assimilation & working with what was there. This included the ‘givens’ of a narrow site (4.3m), and the ability to ‘muck in’ with the workings of the existing envelope, materials & the eclectic as-built physical history. Rather than neglecting these trace elements, they would instead act as triggers from which a new incarnation of architecture & interior could be moulded.
The project philosophy of ‘RECYCLE’ was conceived with the following intentions: to re-use the majority of the existing structure, to re-cycle existing materials, and to utilise natural and /or re-salvaged local material wherever possible. As opposed to a more thorough opening up of the interior the proposed layout instead involved a sequence of 4 disparate episodes which spill off the main entry corridor – each included a room that looked out onto a separate courtyard space. These spaces and the journey between them conceptually involve a series of contradictory yet symbiotic interconnections between light & dark, interior & exterior and old & new. [Matt Gibson]