The wonderful extension to this classic Victorian style detached house, speaks volumes about the way one can successfully integrate completely different styles for a tasteful finish.
The guys at Gregory Phillips Architects have gone the extra mile to make this Kitchen/Diner as visually spacial as possible: installing glass facades that back on to an open and vibrant garden. Yet this spacial feel doesn't extend outside of the garden- giving a feel of privacy and freedom in a built up area.
The combination of intense dark, tertiary and pale surfaces in this kitchen juxtapose unbelievably well with the explosion of natural greens in the garden and creates an admirable scene from ambient light changes throughout the day.
Imagine yourself whipping up something special in the kitchen, entertaining guests or the children and being able to look out onto so much nature simultaneously- not a bad thought.
The distinction here between the polished stone, furniture and woven fencing against the classic red brick of the house is the epitome of modern and classic British architectural fusion. The charm of the house looms above as the smooth, angular allure of the modern terrace emanates from below.
Novel as they appear, you can't help but admire the additional installations, of the archway and moat, surrounding the extension; the geometric accuracy of the horizontals and verticals, even the grass borderline, stand out as a thing of real beauty in this evening scene.
Here again, the light and open feel of the extension loans itself to the exterior features and installation of the garden; bringing out the angles and edges of the surface faces of the structure, producing flowing grey and blue gradients of colour and painting a still picture, of this dreamy scene, on the moat.
A step through this doorway will transport you from one world to another. The cool, sophisticated style of modern design to the cosy but classy interior of a classic Victorian detached house. The amplified distinction between the stone slab flooring of the kitchen to the parquet of the hall blows in a warm, nostalgic impression that will appeal to many of us as comforting and homely.
Take a step back and you realize just how much of stark, powerful (but nonetheless harmonious) juxtapositions of style we're dealing with. Gregory Phillips Architects flawless efforts here have truly breached a sometimes avoided design gap with this extension, combining this classic detached house with a modern indoor/outdoor living space.