Winchester Rd, Oxford
Andrew Dawson and Francesco Miniati
Four generations of building elements are grafted onto the rear of the original Grade 2 listed Georgian house, resulting in an incongruous and eclectic elevation. Whilst providing an eccentric charm, the spatial qualities of the ground floor elements are poor with a distinct lack of openness and labyrinthine feeling between the small and narrow spaces. The proposal addresses these shortcomings by firstly providing a ground floor courtyard pavilion that unifies with a sense of spatial and visual order, and secondly, provides a usable living area which flows into the lovely outdoor courtyard garden. The pavilion is intended to be unobtrusively modern and almost architecturally neutral, whilst still being a quality enhancement that complements the existing building. Simple clean lines that do not compete nor add to the juxtaposition of the extensions, rather calm and order the chaos, allowing the original building to be strengthened. The external facade uses wicker as a wrapping carried out by wicker artist Trevor Leat.