Our clients asked us to look at options for a 30 square metre, single storey, summer house/garden pavilion for quiet contemplation and escape.
The super- insulated pavilion is positioned on the northern boundary with triple glazed full height sliding screens on south and west faces which are fully retractable into the adjacent wall planes. This creates both framed views of the house and garden and when open provides a seamless inside-outside experience between the wide oak boarded interior and recycled boarded terrace.
The copper clad roof extends over the terrace to the south providing shade and shelter and the terrace to the west has an oak pergola for climbing plants to provide shade, scent and colour. The east face is a green wall framed between a fully glazed, projecting window seat and a vertical water feature which flows into a rectilinear reflecting pool with stepping stones between the terrace and the lawn.
It has been conceived as a sensory experience with tactile materials and carefully arranged elements to induce a sense of calm and reflectiveness.
We loved working with Toni on an exciting new project, building a garden pavilion. Our initial meeting resulted in an imaginative building even incorporating her interpretation of a lake that as awkward clients we asked for! She listened and we ended up with a beautiful building that is a wonderful addition to the house and garden, and is a joy to use.
We wanted to use a variety of materials to reflect the original Arts & Crafts house and Toni has produced our amazing building that includes copper and slate roofs, exposed brickwork, glass, plaster and corten walls, oak floors etc that harmoniously combine to form something with a timeless feel that sits beautifully with our house in the garden.
We enjoyed the whole creative process and have ended up with a building that far exceeds our expectations. I would love to work with Toni again, I just need to think of a project, and I would certainly recommend her to anyone who wants to use a very creative designer who listens and is always at the other end of a phone or email.