Kew House

Guy Hollaway Architects, London, 2013


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Extension of detached Victorian private residential property in Kew boasts a internal remodelling and extension including a landscaped patio area

The addition comprises of a family space accommodating a living, kitchen and dining area that extend outwards onto an exterior patio. A continuous flow of spaces begins within the center of the house, through the new spaces, to the patio and out to the garden, aided by the flush glazing that creates an open corner.

Various design features allow the flush zinc roof to appear to float as its own entity; an external column (which doubles up as a down pipe for rainwater) provides support from the deck whilst the top rail of the sky frame is held up by structural steel rods, cleverly concealed in silicone joints. A glazed division between the old building and the new roof separates the spaces and draws light into the depth of the original rooms.

Varying ceiling heights are dictated by the function of the spaces and are sympathetic to the original Victorian features such as a large striking crittall door, detail on the brick façade and bay windows. The roof (which is lower than the original conservatory) slopes towards the neighbours to reduce the scale of the extension where it meets.


  • Begun: Jan 2013
  • Completed: Jul 2013
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 2012
  • Procurement: JCT Homeowners
  • Address: 5 Broomfield Road, Kew, London, TW9 3HR, United Kingdom

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