Threefold Architects have just completed a pair of pavilions for contemplation and wellness set at either end of a mature garden in south London. The buildings are siblings with a shared architectural language constructed in Monk Bond to match the existing brickwork on the site. At one end of the garden the wellness pavilion is anchored to the existing house creating a ‘cloistered' relationship with a new south west facing terrace. Opposite, the second pavilion echoes the horizontality of the pool, running counter to the towering mature trees that it nestles beneath.
The new buildings use monolithic masonry panels to enclose spaces beneath the zinc roof planes which glide over the brickwork. Internally zinc is peeled back and the oak structure and sarking of the roof construction is revealed. Oak is extended onto the joinery and floor, adding warmth to the interiors and complementing the landscaping beyond. The combination of sliding glass panels and horizontal clerestories serve to both enclose the spaces between brick panels and roofs but also to open up the buildings to landscape and pool.