The Athletes Home / AR Design Studio
“The Athletes Home is a personal bespoke extension situated in Hampshire accomplished in Autumn 2021 by award-winning, Winchester-based Architects AR Design Studio. The shoppers got here to the Studio with the transient to increase and remodel their Fifties house.
Although the shoppers describe themselves as “polar opposites within the issues we like and the best way we reside,” spatially they each needed to increase the dwelling area on the bottom flooring to open the home as much as the backyard and obtain an additional bed room on the primary flooring. They’re additionally each extraordinarily energetic and often compete in triathlons. Fuelled by lockdown, an important ingredient of the design was a health club and 25m exterior lap pool the place they might prepare for occasions from their house.
The couple was divided on one key level, whether or not to maintain the prevailing Twentieth-century home and its low-quality, piecemeal additions to the edges and rear. AR was posed with the query “What to do when a pair desires two various things; one desires to reside in a standard home and one desires to reside in a up to date dwelling?”
AR’s technique was not a lot to increase the prevailing dwelling, however somewhat to construct a brand new home on the again of the previous one. This manner, each events obtained what they needed. This entailed reorienting the interior structure, with the important thing areas now sitting throughout the new construct bodily related to the backyard. The brand new constructing contrasts the previous, box-like, home with a sequence of partitions and roof planes that outline areas with out enclosing them. Brick planes stretch out into the backyard and focus the views, whereas the open plan kitchen, eating, and dwelling space move between them. The continuation of the masonry from inside to out, massive format glazing, and a steady flooring end are all used to blur the edge between in and out.
A horizontal roof aircraft sails out to create coated exterior areas on the bottom flooring, breaking apart the verticality of the brick fins and offering photo voltaic shading and much-needed shelter from the British climate permitting the exterior areas for use year-round. The pool and health club are located in their very own bay, with one finish of the pool recessed into the constructing facade. Its type each initiatives into the constructing massing and extends into the backyard, additional contributing to an obscured threshold.
A quantity of the prevailing home has been opened as much as create a daring double-height entrance area. This homes a folded metal staircase and bookcase, contrasting with the interval sash home windows whereas giving a touch of the modern palette to come back. The rest of the Georgian-style property home has undergone a extra conventional renovation with each room up to date to a twenty first Century way of life. Bogs, bedrooms, and cushty have all been reworked, sustaining the interval options and sash home windows consistent with one of many shopper’s preferences. By rigorously consolidating the shopper’s variations the extension and refurbishment have remodeled the Twentieth-century home right into a spectacular household house, making a dwelling fully bespoke to their energetic life-style and individuality.”