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.