Shape Architecture’s project in Rugby Road, Brighton is nearing completion. The project sees the
addition of a side extension and the opening up of the kitchen and dining space to create a light and
contemporary interior. Our approach is similar to that undertaken at a previous project in Hastings,
where a sedum roof is allied with feature glazing to create a striking composition.
The side extension is characterized by a large side window giving onto a planted wall. The window is
several metres wide and similar in height and runs into a rooflight which cuts back into the green
sedum roof. The junction of window to rooflight glazing is frameless and as such simple and elegant.
Working with Castle Construction and the glazing company Max Light we were able to produce a
series of refined details, both for the feature window and rooflight and also to the large format
sliding doors which give onto the garden. Narrow glazing bars were specified to these doors to
further enhance the quality of the space.
We have used Sedum roofs on side and rear extension on many of our projects and the contrast
between the sedum and the detailing of the rooflight is always impressive. Equally, when looked
down from the upper level windows, the roof merges with the garden beyond. The sedum blanket
or trays are simple to install and absorb around 70% of the rainwater that fall upon it. They also
require very little maintenance.
Kitchen Living Dining Space
The Kitchen units run along one wall with an island set off from them. The dining table sits near the
large feature window and below the rooflight. The space works well with plenty of room to circulate
and an excellent physical and visual connection with the garden. Immediately outside the sliding
doors is a terrace and then a small series of steps down to the garden.