2004, Designed by Eva Jiricna Architects Limited
The brief was to create a ‘contemporary light space’, enabling views to the garden from both the reception area and lower ground study. This was achieved by introducing a series of glazed rooflights over the courtyard kitchen (then open space), lounge, swimming pool with large glass sliding doors to the garden and terrace- the sense of quality natural light breathes a sense off freshness into the spaces. This is achieved over the courtyard kitchen by using a special diffusing glass that diffuses direct light in summer, whilst acting as insulation in winter
The main characteristic of the house is the focus on contemporary family life style- with the main living spaces (courtyard Kitchen and lounge) developed to allow congregations with family and for entertainment with both friends and guests. The materials in the project were chosen with one objective – the lightness of internal living spaces. The use of glass and natural light brings out the quality of materials such as the stone and lacquered furniture. The historic colour scheme dates to the 18thCentury and is extended into the contemporary spaces creating continuity between old and new. The richness of details in the historic is emphasised by the simplicity of the new which takes on its own inherent character.
A feature circular glass staircase (a design trade mark of Eva Jiricna Architects) emphasises the transition between the historic and new. It acts as pivotal point between the buildings as they change direction from the reception area to the kitchen aligned to the swimming pool and garden.