De­sign note­book

Q&A with Stu­art Gar­dyne of Ar­chi­tec­ture Plus

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What did you know of the ‘Cor­ner Flat’ be­fore you worked on it?

Hav­ing known the fam­ily most of my adult life, I was well aware of its qual­i­ties. While its pres­ence on the street is mod­est, its rep­u­ta­tion was much larger, be­ing one of only a hand­ful of orig­i­nal houses by E A Plis­chke.

What’s the most strik­ing thing about Plis­chke’s orig­i­nal de­sign?

The flat com­pletely trans­formed the ar­rival se­quence to the main house. Its form ob­scures the house and gar­den from the street thereby cre­at­ing a pri­vate haven, screened from the street and shel­tered from the wind. Once through the en­trance street door the se­cret gar­den, house and the flat’s lobby are re­vealed. You ex­pe­ri­ence the un­ex­pected cou­pled with the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of a spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

It was al­most com­pletely orig­i­nal – was that daunt­ing?

A num­ber of years ago the late ar­chi­tect Bill Toomath showed me draw­ings of pro­posed – now com­pleted – ex­ten­sions to his own house. I was shocked at how rad­i­cal they were. So I am no longer daunted by al­ter­ing ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture. It’s about un­der­stand­ing what to re­spect, when to be brave and when to be timid.

What was your ap­proach to up­dat­ing the space?

Only change what was es­sen­tial. Our in­ter­ven­tions can be seen but are very mod­est.

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