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.
The project won a 2023 RIBA North East Award, with special recognition given to lead architect Dave Hunt, who was awarded RIBA North East Project Architect of the Year for his design and delivery of the project.
‘When we purchased this home, we had hope and dreams. Thanks to BDN, these have been delivered, indeed exceeded. Our need was to create a home that would support and sustain us, in which to live active and enriched lives, whilst acknowledging and preparing for challenges which might come with age.
You have created a truly wonderful home, taking an old, dilapidated, yet historic residence, and giving us a comfortable, practical house bathed in spectacular and ever changing vistas and reflections.’