Multipurpose pavilion with outdoor kitchen
This multipurpose pavilion with outdoor kitchen has become the hub of this west London home
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our homes. Reviewing designs for outdoor rooms, the Coltman family soon realised that none were the perfect fit for their garden, so they turned to the architect who was already planning their extension.
‘The Coltmans had approached us to design an extension to the rear of the main house in 2011, which was already under way at the time,’ says Aoife Kelly, associate at Paul Archer Design.
‘The family had been toying with the idea of building a garden room but couldn’t find one to meet their needs. As a result, they asked us to look at designing a bespoke space that would complement the main extension.’
The kitchen within the extension was designated as the main family hub. So the Coltmans asked Kelly to make the new building a flexible studio space where they could work or relax. Kelly came up with the idea of a multipurpose pavilion and was asked to make sure it had storage for garden equipment and bikes, as well as an outdoor kitchen. Situated opposite the north-facing house, it could take advantage ofthe sunniest part of the garden.
‘Our starting point was to set the pavilion away from the boundary line and to tuck the storage to the back of the structure, providing access to the 1m-deep shed with a single large roller shutter,’ says Kelly. ‘To the front, a timber pergola would float above a limestone paved terrace, extending the pavilion further into the garden and providing a softly sheltered space for socialising.’