Kew House / Nic Owen Architects

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects - Windows, Lighting, FacadeKew House / Nic Owen Architects - WindowsKew House / Nic Owen Architects - Table, Chair, Countertop, BeamKew House / Nic Owen Architects - Windows+ 17

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects - Windows, Facade, Brick, Deck
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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. 

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects - Windows, Facade
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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.

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects - Garden
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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.

Kew House / Nic Owen Architects - Countertop, Table, Kitchen, Chair, Windows, Beam
© 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 . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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