Winner 2014

Award for
Community or Residential Structures

Project Description

The Kew House project brings a refreshingly different and highly-engineered approach to the archetypal problem of creating attractive, useable space on a tightly-constrained site. A four-bedroom family home has been created by providing two welded Corten steel living quarter boxes, set behind carefully-conserved brickwork perimeter walls, connected by a dramatic steel-framed glazed circulation link. These are set above an extensive reinforced-concrete-walled basement. Careful attention to construction phasing enabled the new basement space to be used for the on-site manufacture of key components for the new building, thus minimising transportation and accessibility problems as well as helping to reduce carbon and capital costs.

Judge’s comments

Inventiveness never goes out of fashion, and this dramatic new house is the direct result of a thoroughly innovative approach in many different respects. From the adoption of the dramatically different structural solution to the intensive personal involvement of the Client in organising and coordinating a team of specialist subcontractors to deliver it, the outcome is a highly bespoke and delightfully detailed building. A true cutting-edge project.

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Price & Myers

Client Name

  • Tim & Jo Lucas


  • London, England

Year Submitted

  • 2014

Submitted By

  • Price & Myers; Images: Jack Hobhouse; (1,2,4,5) Tim Lucas; (3)