Twin Houses
Kingston upon Thames, UK

The two new family houses have been designed as symmetrical, yet visually independent, villas within the verdant setting of a private south London estate.

The simple contemporary architectural language of the street façade, with its white stone and dark timber, implies an architecture of mass and enclosure. However, this belies the sense of connection that is apparent when moving through the three-storey house, where the volume is carved-out to create a transparent matrix of living spaces.

The main living area sits between the landscaped gardens and an open glazed courtyard, that acts as the fulcrum around which the house is organized, connecting all levels and bringing the landscape and sunlight into the heart of the house.

 

 

 

 

 
 

2007-2012

Project:
Commission

Client:
Q Developments

Floor area:
2 x 550 sqm

Structural Engineer:
Elliott Wood Partnership

Environmental Engineer:
Mendick Waring

Quantity Surveyor:
Roger D Moore

Landscape:
Buckley Design Associates

Photography:
Jennie Brown
Terry Pawson Architects

 

 

 
   
   
   

“The houses possess a balance and coherence that creates a serene contact between them and the land. The suggested materials and colours belong entirely to the scheme. This is an absolutely first class design. It has been very well thought through, and created with skill and courage. This elegant, staggered pair of buildings sits comfortably within the mature landscape, creating a very positive aesthetic.”

Excerpt from Design Review Panel report: