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Petravore (Extension to a house in Cardiff), UK

Hyde + Hyde Architects

A recently completed high quality contemporary two storey addition to an existing home in Cardiff, South Wales. Hyde + Hyde Architects was appointed to carefully restore elements of the existing architecture creating a contemporary yet sensitive addition to the rear. 

To the front of the property the new addition appears as a simple copper box ‘peeping’ above the layers of existing green glazed tiles of the existing home.

In the refurbishment, living and entertaining space is provided at ground floor through the introduction of a predominantly single storey glazed element.

At first floor – a layered copper and oak form appears to delicately hover.  Set on a shifted geometry to acknowledge the existing building form.  This creates a series of overhangs, cantilevers and canopies to shelter its occupants from the persistent Welsh rain.

Copper which was chosen as a suitable material to converse with the existing ‘green glazed’ roof tiles of the existing dwelling.  After a decade it will begin to relate in colour and tone to the existing tiles nearby, its salmon pink and russet brown tones will be gone forever.  That’s the beauty of copper, it’s timeless and forces us to think about buildings in time.  Copper’s material character helps buildings feel as if they have always been there.

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Building

Owner: 
Private dwelling
Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Private

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Hyde + Hyde Architects
Address & description: 
Hyde + Hyde ArchitectsRoyal Buildings10 Princess WaySwanseaSA1 3LWt +44 (0) 1792 420 838+44 (0) 1792 420 838mail@hydearchitects.comPress and publicity enquiries to: press@hydearchitects.comCallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype  

Copper contractors

Title: 
J E Gibbings

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