- Dublin, Ireland
This extension was born out of the need to get more natural light into a dark and restricted kitchen. The existing lean-to at the rear of the Glebe House, blocked the potential for light to enter, closing off views of the surrounding landscape and dissociating itself from the rear garden. To solve these issues, we removed the lean-to and opened up the back of the building to penetrate light into the kitchen, entrance hallway and provided functional dining and living areas that take advantage of its positioning. A simple charred timber structure acts as a ribcage to the spaces inside. At the point of contact between old and new, a glass rooflight runs the length of the extension to mark this transition between old and new and brings light deep into the plan. The charred timber complements the existing Glebe House and blends in with its context to become almost unseen from a side view. The rhythm of the columns is maintained in the roof timbers and cladding to provide a defined view of the extension on approach and from inside the house looking out.