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Contemporary Lean-to, Harrogate

Unlocks the potential of the whole house

Credit: Ruth Donnelly

Contemporary Lean-to, Harrogate

Doma Architects for private client

Contract value: £1m

GIA: 66m2

Small Project Award


This delightful and ingenious project provides a direct connection between the ground floor and the basement, and with the garden, of a large Victorian semi-detached property in the Harrogate conservation area. 

  • Credit: Ruth Donnelly
  • Credit: Ruth Donnelly
  • Credit: Ruth Donnelly
  • Credit: Ruth Donnelly

Doma Architects has enhanced the basement rooms and added a small extension to the side that encloses a new stair and provides a contemporary take on a traditional lean-to. It refers to the overhanging soffit and eaves’ details of the existing house with the glazed wall framed in a crisply detailed overhanging soffit. The extension is clad in matt black fibre cement.

The project unlocks the potential of the whole house. If this is a 'lean to’ then it is a beautifully esoteric one. It offers a modern twist on 21st century living, with beautiful angular glazed walls following the simple building form. The result is a little gem.

See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 - Yorkshire


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