This 1980's property in need of modernisation was superbly updated by Architects Napier Clarke. With a sustainable and contempory feel a rear extension was added.
The form of the roof was influenced by the need to create taller ceilings than the existing. The result is a simple but elegant exposed structure.
The central diagonal beam, which runs from the highest to the lowest points of the new section, is 8.2 metres long. The challenge was to find a way to support the roofline, set at two different pitches, without any intermediate posts. The solution was to sandwich a steel plate between two slimmer Douglas fir beams, fulfilling the required load-bearing capacity without creating a bulky aesthetic.
Architects: Napier Clarke