Queen Street, Emsworth

A Grade II listed 3-storey, terraced house situated in the Emsworth Conservation Area. The property dates from circa 1750 and also comprises an existing outbuilding, originally a stable, which sits between the house and a narrow south facing garden. The brief was simple; to produce a scheme that would allow the small outbuilding to be used as a garden room, without losing the existing storage for bikes and golf clubs.

 

The brief is resolved by combining the different levels between front and rear with the insertion of two partitions to create three distinct areas within the overall spatial envelope: entrance, living and mezzanine. New externally hung sliding doors give direct access to the garden from the living area, and reflect the building's utilitarian origins. The oblique setting of the new partitions controls the distribution of space, being generous where needed and squeezing it elsewhere to restrict views.

 

Attention to detail is vital to the execution of the built work, including a stair which doubles up as drawers, and the shadow gap detail which is continued to the tri-partite folding doors which access the bike store.

 

Overall winner of the RIBA Ibstock Downland Prize for Architects 2004, for buildings up to £750,000, the judges commented

 

“The simplicity of the concept is ingenious - opening up the back of the property; creating a mezzanine under which the bicycles still have a home; and use of light woods and render is eyecatching. We were particularly impressed with the attention to detail, especially in the oak carpentry. The architect's transformation, of the ordinary into the beautiful and exceptional, is the embodiment of the principle of the Ibstock Downland Prize and makes this project the worthy overall winner”.