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 purchasers got here to the Studio with the transient to increase and rework their Fifties residence.
Although the purchasers describe themselves as “polar opposites within the issues we like and the best way we dwell,” spatially they each needed to increase the dwelling area on the bottom ground to open the home as much as the backyard and obtain an additional bed room on the primary ground. They’re additionally each extraordinarily lively and frequently compete in triathlons. Fuelled by lockdown, a vital component of the design was a fitness center and 25m exterior lap pool the place they may practice for occasions from their residence.
The couple was divided on one key level, whether or not to maintain the present Twentieth-century home and its low-quality, piecemeal additions to the perimeters and rear. AR was posed with the query “What to do when a pair desires two various things; one desires to dwell in a standard home and one desires to dwell in a recent dwelling?”
AR’s technique was not a lot to increase the present dwelling, however moderately to construct a brand new home on the again of the previous one. This manner, each events acquired what they needed. This entailed reorienting the inner format, 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 circulation between them. The continuation of the masonry from inside to out, massive format glazing, and a steady ground end are all used to blur the edge between in and out.
A horizontal roof aircraft sails out to create lined exterior areas on the bottom ground, 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 fitness center are located in their very own bay, with one finish of the pool recessed into the constructing facade. Its kind each tasks into the constructing massing and extends into the backyard, additional contributing to an obscured threshold.
A quantity of the present 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 up to date palette to return. 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 lifestyle. Loos, bedrooms, and cushty have all been reworked, sustaining the interval options and sash home windows consistent with one of many shopper’s preferences. By fastidiously consolidating the shopper’s variations the extension and refurbishment have reworked the Twentieth-century home right into a spectacular household residence, making a dwelling fully bespoke to their lively way of life and individuality.”