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This evening event will an exclusive opportunity to tour RIBA Award Winner Kew House by Piercy & Company with owners Jo Lucas and Tim Lucas, also structural engineer to the project with Price & Myers.
Situated a stone's throw from Kew Gardens, this four-bedroom family house replaced a derelict Victorian stable and garages formerly on the site in the Kew Gardens Conservation Area. A crisp weathering steel volume of two corten shells is inserted behind the retained walls of a 19th century brick stables. The weathering steel shells will create a patina and colour responsive to the local vernacular, and are delicately perforated to cast dappled light in the interior spaces, reminiscent of light filtered through trees.
The house is divided into two distinct wings. The larger wing, housing day to day communal areas, is created by the steel insertion behind the retained stables gable end. The smaller wing, containing more private spaces and master bedroom, is clad fully in weathered steel and glass and is set back from the street. The two wings are connected by a transparent, glazed circulation link, which overlooks a secluded outdoor courtyard; a seamless and secure extension of the internal space. The pitched forms of the corten shells pick up the rhythms of the rooflines of the Kew Gardens Conservation Area, the adjacent church roof and the retained stable gable end.
This home, still owned by the original owners won an RIBA National Award, an Institution of Structural Engineers Award and was winner of the Channel 4 viewers’ public vote on RIBA House of the Year 2015.
Each tour duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. Address: 10 Cambridge Road, Kew TW9 3JB