This London house extension by Tigg Coll Architects features sliding glass doors that retract into the brick walls to open the space up to the garden. London studio Tigg Coll Architects was tasked with providing a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out of the Malbrook Road residence. "They asked us to look at how the home could work for them differently, as their lifestyle is now changing," says architect David Tigg. "They wanted us to create entertaining and living space that would connect them directly back to the large garden, and they were open-minded in their approach." Tigg Coll – whose previous projects include a refurbished maisonette with a light-filled stairwell – based the proportions of the structure on the dimensions of a brick. This ensured that all openings are framed by full bricks, which have been laid vertically and horizontally. "Although we wanted the new extension to feel contemporary in form and use, we also wanted to use a material that would link this new aspect back to the history of the existing building and area as a whole," said Tigg."If done well, brickwork adds movement and texture, and will stand the test of time." Dark-grey powder-coated aluminium window frames were used to keep the appearance of the windows as minimal as possible, while pockets in the walls allow a corner of sliding doors to be hidden from view when open."The glazing is hidden in secret pockets between two leaves of brickwork on adjacent walls," explained Tigg. "This detail opens up the corner entirely and allows the inside to fully address the patio and garden."
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