Gilesgate, Durham

Residential Architecture

Architecture

Gilesgate, Durham

This bespoke residential architecture extension project was completed on a Grade II listed Georgian house, situated within the Durham City Conservation Area. The project brief required remodelling the existing dwelling and the creation of an open plan, age-appropriate, dementia-friendly extension and detached workshop for a retired couple. 

The proposed design consists of two simple pitched roof forms which are orientated to reflect the historic burgage plot arrangement at the rear of the site. The two buildings are clad in weathered zinc and sit quietly beneath a mature beech and oak – these trees being key influences on the design: providing shade, dappled light, and ever changing views and reflections across the large areas of glazing.  

The design reinstates lost views of the Georgian host elevation previously hidden by low-quality 20th century extensions. Large glazed sliding doors and a cantilevered corner opening maximise views and connection to the historic rear garden, and towards Durham Cathedral and beyond. 

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