Knighton Drive, Leicester

A fine old house thoughtfully restored and extended

Feldmann Architects for a private client

Contract value: confidential

GIA: 363m2

Small Project Award

This is a wonderful example of how a new family home can come from a perfect understanding of both how a family wants to live, and of how a house wants to be lived in.

The handsome old building now has a visual clarity appropriate for its conservation area. So as not to detract from it, the new ‘black box’ extensions to the side and rear are seen as bold understatements from the street. From the garden the extensions come to life, opening out and flowing into the lawn, giving a new permeability to this facade. 

  • · Credit: Jeremy Philips
  • · Credit: Jeremy Philips
  • · Credit: Jeremy Philips
  • · Credit: Jeremy Philips

The visitor can step up into the vertical grandeur of the villa or out into the panoramic space of the first new extension, a family living room. The second extension on the other side of the house is visually similar, calmer, with a stronger connection to the garden on two sides.

This is a house that cannot wait to be lived in and continue to grow.

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