WRAP has designed Dainton Cottage in London, UK.
Dainton Cottage is a contemporary addition to a historic cottage in Southwest London that sits within a local area of special interest. Built in 1906, the existing property was tired, unloved, and underutilised. The primary brief was to bring back to life the original gem and to integrate it with a modern yet sympathetic range of additions and interventions to create a new family home.
The project, which began in 2018, was the first work undertaken by the newly formed WR-AP team. Commissioned by an innovative design-led developer, the Dainton Cottage stands as a testament to how historical character, charm and patina can sit comfortably alongside new modern, respectful, and considered architecture which reflects the developer’s overarching mission.
Via the addition of sensitive embellishments and careful refurbishment, the project looks to reinstate the house as a modern-day, respectful, and clearly defined home – based on formal elements, textures and materials sensitive to the original building and context.
Following the profile and historical detailing of the host cottage and its dormer windows, the main new volume is a contemporary enactment of its original partner, separated from the existing cottage by a structurally glazed link that acts as a space of respite between the existing and the new.
Project: Dainton Cottage