Adding extensions to existing structures is always tricky, especially when the old and the new sections have to look good together and to match each other in style. The solutions that architects and designers find to make that possible are based on context. Let’s analyze this house in France for example.
Earlier this year studio Taillandier Architectes Associés was tasked with building an extension for it. The main request was for it to not contrast with the existing one-storey house. The owners also wanted it to look contemporary. This was meant to add to the original house a new master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet. It ended up being a 90 square meter volume composed on two sections.
One of the sections is the actual suite and the other is a volume which links it to the main house. This however it more than just a hallway. First of all it’s a fairly transparent space which enjoys a strong connection to the garden. Second of all, it doubles as a home gym, an unexpected but very welcome addition to the initial design. This gives the extension a T shape.
The main bedroom volume is a prefabricated concrete box with a very simple form and a flat roof. What you’ll immediately notice is the presence of metal screens which serve a multitude of functions and in this case replace the usual glass walls and windows. They filter the light that enters the interior spaces which is helpful during summer, they offer more privacy compared to glass, they’re more secure and they’re ideal for cross ventilation.