Little Manor is a beautiful Grade II listed house in Adderbury, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. Our clients asked us to create a really special, contemporary piece of architecture as a replacement for a tired conservatory accessed from their sitting room. This new space would house their new kitchen.
The house is on an elevated site in a large, terraced garden. From the garden, you look up towards the house. We saw a great opportunity to place modern architecture in a mature, traditional country garden setting.
We were inspired to design a garden room kitchen with minimal structural elements, lots of glass and with the roof supported on just four slender steel posts so it appears to float. As this extension is relatively small, it does not detract from the main house.
Large floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the south and west sides allow sunlight to flood in, and retract fully, opening up this whole corner of the kitchen to outdoor living and dining areas on the terrace.
Looking up from the garden below you see through the glass panels to the intricate ceiling created from chamfered timbers.
This animated design has a jewel-like quality when illuminated at night.