Estate House Kempton Park



The Clients desired a house with a single, open living space on the ground floor and bedrooms on the first floor. Located on a pan-handle site, the house is accessed via a main door in the south-western corner of the site, on the knuckle of the L-shaped plan. This configuration allows for all living spaces to open up freely into a generous northern garden area.

The entrance leads into a single large open plan living space and kitchen through a small distribution hall where the single-flight stair connects to the bedroom and bathrooms on the first floor is.

The kitchen is the pivotal connecting element of the house and sits at the centre of the “L” layout.

Large glazed openings in the living space afford vistas across the northern garden into the estate park.

The building expresses the construction of its relatively simple spatial organization with an interplay of cubic volumes, wall planes and building elements, articulated with a palette of three materials, fire-red facebrick, steel and plaster. High level windows dematerialize corners of the building, creating shadow-lines under an over-sailing roof slab.

Elements implemented as part of the sustainable design approach include a solar water system, gas for cooking and concealed water harvesting tanks for gardening.