No ordinary garage conversion,

Folded zinc transformation
of an existing double garage.

This is no ordinary garage conversion.

We were approached by the Client with the simple brief of converting their existing garage into an additional living space and infilling a dark and unused external courtyard that separated the house and garage. Both spaces were under utilitsed. The garage had become a store and the link, a space forgotten.
The existing house had been extended with an elegant, well formed lead standing seam roof, which we used to inform our design. However the angles between the house and garage were irregular and the garage itself, a parallelogram. Instead of resolving these angles, we worked with them, allowing them to distort the design. We used those opposing reference planes as inspiration to create an extruded and folded form that develops the geometry without watering it down.
The result is a dramatic, folded form that becomes more dramatic the closer you get to it. As you approach the building, the outline of the old garage is obvious, but as you get closer, any sense of the original building disappears and the new tessellations dominate.
The internal spaces also follow the lines of the architecture. Lofted ceilings and frameless rooflights bring light into the spaces and animate the irregular internal shapes, whilst large expanses of metal framed glass walls add a touch of quality and a nod to the arts and crafts fenestration of the main house. Full of light and creativity.

Full of light and creativity, architecture like this is only possible with amazing Clients who put their faith in vision.

Project Details
  • Client: Private
  • Date: Autumn 2023
  • Contract Value: £200,000
  • Main Contractor: Sunningdale Homes
  • Zinc Contractor: Roles
  • Structural Engineer: Arch Associates
  • Lighting and Electrical: rjha Architects


6a Station Parade
London Road

t: 01344 374469
e: email@rjha.co.uk

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