Architect: Sam Tisdall
Often in the natural world and occasionally in the built environment, you come across places that have a certain harmony and have the capacity to inspire and lift your mood. My aim is to try to make such places and to remember the potential that architecture has to improve people’s daily lives. This ambition is easily lost beneath the challenges everyone faces when taking on a project.
Designing and building are not simple. It is subject to a whole range of forces and involves input from a wide variety of people with different skills and concerns. The architect’s role is to navigate this journey and empower clients through the process. It requires a pragmatic and flexible approach, backed up by technical knowledge and an unwavering commitment to the quality of the finished building.
I am always looking for clients, consultants, contractors, and other craftsmen, with shared values, commitment, and enthusiasm for this creative process. I continue to learn from past projects and collaborations as well as look at each new project with fresh eyes. My aim is to deliver the best outcome for each of my clients whilst remaining true to my design ethos and values.
In collaboration with Studio Carver, this project extends and reconfigures a terraced house in Fulham.
Positioned on a sharp bend, the house has an interesting skew to an otherwise standard Victorian plan, with a generous rear garden that widens towards the back of the plot. The rear extension adopts this geometry with sloping zinc roofs accommodating the change in width. A mix of glazed and matt white bricks were used for the rear elevation which sits alongside cedar decking, planters, and white concrete steps.
A frameless glass slot was formed between the extension and the main house. This provides daylight to the rear of the kitchen space as well as links the two spaces together. On the upper floors, the existing building was completely reconfigured with a new staircase and an enlarged loft space with a picture window looking over the garden.