Learning – Theo + Oskar
Client: Theo + Oskar Taussig
Theo and Oskar are two young boys who suffer from muscular dystrophy, which will affect their mobility and the ways in which they interact and engage with their home environment over time. The home was in drastic need of an overall refurbishment, so the consideration of both the existing home and how the building layout and envelope can interact and help with the family’s delicate needs was essential. We were able to overcome the hurdles faced by developing a plan that is not only adaptive but also progressive.
The existing cottage itself with its different levels and tight spaces had very limited room for adaptability, so the proposed design created an entirely new ‘wing’ to the house to facilitate new and exciting bedroom and living spaces with additional accessibility to the main entrance to the home.
To maximise future flexibility of design, we worked closely with structural engineers to utilise advanced forms of construction which are rarely used in domestic Architecture. An expressive, free-spanning, diagrid roof-form acts as a canopy for external play and an internal design feature. The diagrid roof structure is cantilevered off pre-cast insulated concrete sandwich panels, typically used in high rise and multi-unit construction. The diagrid roof structure and other key components of the build were tested and prefabricated off-site and then delivered for a fast and accurate assembly at the property. It is only one of a handful of homes built this way in the UK.
The project is currently on site and we are looking forward to delivering a successful and stimulating family home for this exceptional family.