Garden House, the design as a catalyst of needs

Garden House is the project carried out by the De Matos Ryan studio in southwest London. A new house of 179 square meters is created at the far end of the garden of a Victorian house.


The family enigma of a newly married couple conditions the entire project. Bringing together two families, adding new members during the design process, meant that the first project proposed for Garden House had to change and adapt to the new conditions.


Initially the expansion of a new piece into the garden was projected in order to accommodate the older children. With the birth of the youngest of the family conditions were changed, housing the parents and younger children in the new house and giving way to the older siblings in the existing house.


Garden House is presented as an architecture that floats on a secret garden sunk in the ground


These conditioning amounts added to the strict privacy regulations towards neighbors and protection against floods, due to the proximity of the River Thames, conditioned the shape of the new building.


A courtyard excavated as a secret garden houses an open volume on the ground floor, connected directly to the garden by large floor-to-ceiling windows. Above, a white and silent volume of windows rises and protects the eyes of the neighbors.


On a general level, the Garden House project manages to maintain the typology of a plant, creating a large concrete container that brings together all common spaces at a lower level.


The upper spaces are illuminated through skylights and windows that open onto the white box that protects them.


Photographs of Hufton Crow.