[First look + plans] Piercy Conner Architects has landed planning permission for this ‘weathering steel’ house close to Kew Gardens in west London
Located in the Kew Green Conservation Area of Richmond-Upon-Thames, the project creates a new house by inserting a ‘crisp weathered steel volume’ into a 19th century ‘brick shell’.
The steel cladding is perforated with small holes which are an ‘interpretation’ of mature tree leaf patterns and, it is claimed, will create a dappled light interior.
The four-bedroom home is designed to be ‘zero maintenance’ and ‘carbon neutral’.
Stuart Piercy of Piercy Conner explained: ‘It is very exciting to follow the success of Martello Tower Y with another gentle contemporary insertion into the precious historical townscape of Kew - The strong roofscape forms and textured steel nestle the design into the eclectic streetscape of historical buildings - the idea was to interpret the vernacular rather than imposing a new language’.
Richmond Council’s planning committee unanimously voted in favour of the project on 3 February.
Piercy Conner wins planning for Kew house