JAPANESE INFLUENCED EXTENSION AND CONVERSION OF LISTED PROPERTY
The clients of this is a 17th Century Grade II Listed Thatched Building wanted to make this stunning home accessible for the future. Besides this, they had one wish: “bring back their memories from their life in Japan. We thrive on challenges such as this, we love travel and draw on influences from other places and cultures, and this project landed to one of our architects who is fascinated with Japanese culture.
The extension transports you to Japan, by having the dominance of wood used in its natural form on floors, ceilings, exposed timber structure… also movable screens (shoji) are included into the scene to divide the space, allowing some natural light and maintaining privacy, and having a raised wooden veranda that runs around the outside edge of the extension (engawa). Everything looks very traditional but without forgetting the importance of sustainability, as it includes full under floor heating throughout, warmed by an air source heat pump, and keeping high standards of thermal insulation.