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Ro­gan Nash Ar­chi­tects The gallery space is key to con­nect­ing the old and new. How does it work? EVA NASH

Kate and I like to com­pare and con­trast the old with the new, so the gallery link be­comes re­ally im­por­tant as it acts as a tran­si­tion space be­tween the old villa and the new, mod­ern ex­ten­sion. It does this with a change of ma­te­ri­als, vol­ume and scale.

Talk us through the in­te­rior de­sign. KATE RO­GAN

We see the in­te­rior de­sign as part of the ar­chi­tec­ture and in our ini­tial dis­cus­sions and pre­sen­ta­tions to the client we talk about fur­ni­ture place­ment, colours and ma­te­ri­als. Our clients en­ter­tain reg­u­larly, from im­promptu din­ner par­ties to larger func­tions, so the fur­ni­ture and lay­out had to suit. The mid-cen­tury mod­ern side board was the only piece of fur­ni­ture re­tained from the old liv­ing space and was a key de­sign el­e­ment. As the site size was lim­ited, we en­sured the ma­te­rial pal­ette ex­tended seam­lessly from in­side to out­side. The sofa picks up tones of the stone fires and the side chairs ref­er­ence the green­ery of the gar­den.

What do the de­sign tech­niques that you’ve used achieve here?

EN The de­sign plays on the Frank Lloyd Wright con­cept of com­pres­sion and re­lease, which is imag­ined here as a stage and a cave. KR The kitchen and me­dia room are the ‘cave’, which an­chors the de­sign with a lower stud and is formed from wal­nut and gran­ite, bring­ing a moody at­mos­phere. In con­trast the dou­ble-height liv­ing and din­ing room is the ‘stage’.

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