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Kew House

Lucas Family

An experimental project, driven by an interest in prefabrication and the self-build possibilities emerging from digital fabrication.

Kew House
Lucas Family

Set within the Kew Green Conservation area of south-west London, this four bedroom family house is formed of two prefabricated weathering steel volumes inserted behind a retained nineteenth century stable wall.

The layout is informal; rich with incidental spaces and unexpected light sources. A delicate glazed circulation link reveals the contrast between a rustic exterior and refined interior. Split into two wings, the simple plan makes the most of a constrained site and responds to the living patterns of the young family.

Kew House was an experimental project, driven by the architect's and client's shared interest in a 'kit-of-parts' approach, prefabrication, and the self-build possibilities emerging from digital fabrication.


Lucas Family
Kew, London
Gross Floor Area:
3,960 sqft
Completed January 2014


  • RIBA House of the Year 2015, finalist
  • RIBA National Award 2015
  • Surface Design Housing Exterior Award 2015
  • BD Architect of the Year One-off House Award 2014
  • Blueprint Magazine Best Non-Public Award 2014
  • FX Design UK Project Award 2014

Project Team

  • Price & Myers, Structural Engineer
  • Arup, Service Engineer
  • CSI Hull, Cladding Contractor
  • Sam Lucas, Interior fit-out
  • Tim & Jo Lucas, Main Contractor


  • Jack Hobhouse, Photographer