Blee Halligan Architects recently completed Bungalow Triptych, a contemporary extension comprising three interconnected pitch-roof volumes directing views toward three directions in Manchester. Clad in black stained timber, the bright and airy bungalow captures sunlight at different times of the day through large double-height windows. The extension's sharp geometric lines and dark facade recede the building into the garden so as not to compete with the main house.
The Bungalow Triptych’s three volumes face east, west, and south to capture sunlight from morning to night. The architects arranged the layout and function of the interior to sync with the sun’s path: the kitchen faces east to take in morning light; the south-facing dining room takes advantage of solar heat gain and direct views of the garden; and the living room to the west receives evening light. The double-height windows also frame views of the tree canopy and garden spaces.
In contrast to its exterior, the interior of the home is lined with white painted timber. Sliding doors open out from the central dining space to an outdoor patio. A small and informal terrace is also located outside of the kitchen to the east. A short set of stairs connects the extension with the main house, where the architects have also added a new timber porch outside the front entrance.