The extension of a rural architecture in the English countryside

Jonathan Burlow takes up the forms of vernacular architecture using a new construction system and an essential language.

In the rural setting of Southern England grain store buildings were commonly built separated from the main house and lifted above the ground to protect the stored grain from vermin and water seepage.

Over the Edge, the house extension by Jonathan Burlow in Kent’s countryside, refers to the logic of time. The new volume is lifted off the ground onto a concrete pedestal and connected to the main house through a glazed element and cantilevered over the podium, giving the appearance of separation.

The 35 sqm extension is characterized by elements of vernacular architecture, large windows, clay brick walls and pitched roofs, standing out for its constructive aspect. The construction technique of the volume creates a brick composition on the facade reminiscent of the image of white sacks of grain stacked one on top of the other in the old warehouses.

The white plastered interiors and the resin floor allow the furnishings and the use of space to change and evolve over time.

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