Designed by Jonathan Burlow on Jan 31, 2020, Over the Edge is an extension and addition project of a minimal house in Kent, United Kingdom. Set in a confined context, the architecture exploits the site potential in a furtive manner. The house extension comes from the existing houses’ prototypical elements while the addition is aligned within this context.
The concept for the addition to this house comes as ideologies’ expression behind the historic rural grain store buildings during the 18th century and constructed in Southern England. Grain store buildings are built separated from the main house on saddle stones commonly and lifting granaries above the ground, protecting the stored grain from water seepage and vermin.
The extension takes the superficial configuration of the existing houses prototypical elements such as a pitched roof, brick walls, and large windows. It references the rationale at the time, placing the space on a concrete pedestal and lifting the kitchen from the ground. For the separation appearance, the addition is pushed away from the main house and it causing this extension to project over the concrete edge.
The extension materiality remains contextual by using clay bricks, distinguishes itself through the constructed appearance of the building. The stacking of the bricks comes through the idea of how produce used to be stored within the old building of grain store. White canvas bags full of grain will be organized in a stacked manner typically and the extension embodies this through the exterior brickwork composition.
The interior space of Over the Edge comes as basic in fixtures and finishings, allowing the furnishings and activities that will change and evolve through time to become an ever-changing curation of one’s choices and habits. The white surface from the ceiling and wall can create a natural appearance and soft atmosphere to the entire interior space.
Over the Edge
Photographer: Simone Bossi