A recently completed extension to a Victorian house in Leith, Edinburgh, this project was designed to maximise the light coming in from the client’s south-facing garden. It’s a large, single room for sitting, dining and showing films.
The new multi-purpose room is pulled away to the rear of the original stone building with a three-metre wide link, which has transformed the original kitchen.
For this relatively low-budget project Halvorsen Architects used local Scottish larch, which is more knotted but more sustainable than it’s more popular and sleeker Siberian cousin. The roof structure is exposed inside and through the large open gable ends. The roof is supported on a series of scissor trusses, which also support the lighting system and projector for films, shown on a roll down screen on one of the end walls.