ARCHIRONDEL COTTAGE, ST. MARTIN
Our concept creates an extremely modern, lightweight Pavilion within the rear garden, lacing it between significant German WWII structures, while visually and materially contrasting with the original 1820’s SSI Listed Historic Cottage.
The Pavilion was sensitively designed to respect character and hierarchy of the existing cottage and secure its future, turning a restricted two-bedroom two living room cottage into a commodious modern three / four-bedroom family house with excellent arrangement of living and bedroom spaces.Read More
States of Jersey Press release reported “In approving the application, the panel praised the design of the extension, which members felt was a sensitive addition to an historic building”.
‘THE CUBE’, 1 WINDSOR CRESECENT, ST. HELIER
During 2013-14 BDK Architects were the only Jersey Chartered Architects to win two National UK Awards: The 2013 Green Apple Award for Built Environment & Architectural Heritage and nominated Jersey’s only 2014 Green World Ambassador for The Cube; in addition, this project received 2103 Jersey Design Award for Best small-scale Building or Building Extension.
Our concept comprised a lightweight ‘Sunroom’ extension accessible from the existing house kitchen, through an existing sash window opening. Our design concept was “minimal intervention” adding a modern high-tech glazed cube extension with a very lightweight feel and minimal steel structure, complementing and contrasting with the traditional Regency house.Read More
The existing configuration of this Regency house, having the ground floor elevated some 1.5 metres above rear garden level, posed a challenge. Moreover, our Client has a mobility impairment and he set an objective to achieve accessibility from within the house into the Sunroom extension. From the start our intention was for “The Cube” to embody, despite having fully glazed walling, a sustainable ethos. The principal materials selected, comprising the triple Low ‘E’ argon filled glazed walls, steel frame and a highly insulated zinc roof are all sustainable materials. BDK’s ultimate objective to create a light, attractive addition that enhances the quality of the original Georgian house while not competing with the original architecture was achieved with style & panache. The real “magic” came from how BDK connected the parts together creating a watertight and energy efficient floating Cube.
JERSEY ARCHIVE, ST. HELIER
Jersey Archive is the largest passively air-conditioned modern archive building in the world and provided two new intimate public spaces for St Helier. Opened in July 2000, on the site of a former quarry, this facility has created a new civic destination for the local population and tourists re-tracing their roots in the Channel Islands. The regeneration of the quarry, previously lost to the public, parallels the raison d’etre of the Archive itself – to reveal and preserve the island’s history. The building is uncompromisingly modern but with a sensitive use of materials, demonstrating how modern architecture can fit into and complement Jersey’s traditional setting.Read More