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Fresh as a Daisy: A Wildflower Roof on a Home Designed by Fraher & Findlay

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Fresh as a Daisy: A Wildflower Roof on a Home Designed by Fraher & Findlay

September 15, 2020

In the annals of architecture that brings more of the outdoors inside, this project is one of the most clever. Designed by Fraher & Findlay, the modern single-story rear extension features a living roof that provides the upper floors, which normally look out onto an urban backyard, with a bucolic view of wildflowers. Dubbed the Courtyard House by the architects, the extension also has a tsubo niwa, a slim airshaft garden that acts as an outdoor sitting room.

Have a look:

Photography by Adam Scott, courtesy of Fraher & Findlay.

Behind the modern addition, which houses the kitchen and dining areas, is the original home, built in the early \1900s. The residence is in South West London, a conservation area close to the River Thames.
Above: Behind the modern addition, which houses the kitchen and dining areas, is the original home, built in the early 1900s. The residence is in South West London, a conservation area close to the River Thames.
The living roof on the single-story addition allows the upper floors to have a much greener view than they would otherwise have.
Above: The living roof on the single-story addition allows the upper floors to have a much greener view than they would otherwise have.
Aside from the kitchen and dining areas, the extension includes a snug room, right under the wildflower roof.
Above: Aside from the kitchen and dining areas, the extension includes a snug room, right under the wildflower roof.
A peek into the kitchen, on a slightly raised part of the addition.
Above: A peek into the kitchen, on a slightly raised part of the addition.
The rooftop daisy meadow, up close.
Above: The rooftop daisy meadow, up close.
The view from inside the addition, toward the backyard, with the wildflower roof visible. To the right is a courtyard.
Above: The view from inside the addition, toward the backyard, with the wildflower roof visible. To the right is a courtyard.
The courtyard offers easy indoor-outdoor living.
Above: The courtyard offers easy indoor-outdoor living.
Every window in the extension welcomes the outdoors in.
Above: Every window in the extension welcomes the outdoors in.

You can see more of this project here.

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