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Kew House / Nic Owen Architects

  • 01:00 - 24 August, 2013
Kew House / Nic Owen Architects
Kew House / Nic Owen Architects, © Rhiannon Slatter
© Rhiannon Slatter

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© Rhiannon Slatter
© Rhiannon Slatter

Text description provided by the architects. The extension is an example of responsible rationalisation of a typical suburban house which offers a stimulating environment and demonstrates environmentally sustainable design. 

© Rhiannon Slatter
© Rhiannon Slatter

The project is located on a 740m2 site in Kew.The existing house whilst generously sized lacked a clear thought-out plan. The land fell 5.5m over its length and further aided to dysfunctional arrangement of spaces. The brief required a rearrangement of spaces to better cater for the young family, relating each space to the outside world.

© Rhiannon Slatter
© Rhiannon Slatter

The design solution resulted in little change to the overall footprint, consisting of the removal of a late rear extension ‘meals room’ and replacing it with ‘the claw’. Aptly named by the owners the new family-room embraced the sloping land reaching up to the rear raised garden. The claw-roof was conceived to provide solar protection to the north while allowing the winter sun indoors. The claw is surrounded on 3 sides with full height glazing, extending the living environment into the rear landscaped yard.

© Rhiannon Slatter
© Rhiannon Slatter

The folding theme has been carried on through the joinery with kitchen folding bench-tops and plywood folding elements in the bathrooms. A splash of hue complements the simple colour pallet with coloured glass used throughout.

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Cite: "Kew House / Nic Owen Architects" 24 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/418134/kew-house-nic-owen-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884