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Luker House by Jamie Fobert Architects

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Manser Medal shortlist: Luker House by Jamie Fobert Architects

Services engineer Henry Luker commissioned us to design a generously sized family home in Barnes, south-west London. The site suffered from severe constraints, including flood risk, privacy and daylight issues, so the form of the new house is heavily dictated by its context.

A two-storey mass hugs the rear boundary, while single-storey ‘pavilion’ elements extend into the site, enveloping a courtyard. The ground-floor living spaces, all of which open onto the courtyard, are sunken for privacy and to enhance the sense of a journey.

The house is subtly detailed in brick, consistent with neighbouring buildings, while bronze is used sparingly throughout. The landscaping (designed with input from Tom Stuart Smith) further enables the house to sit comfortably within its context. A concrete retaining wall wraps the courtyard on the exposed side, providing seating and including a pool of two stacked bronze water tanks.

Jamie Fobert, director, Jamie Fobert Architects

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