[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] London-based Groves Natcheva has completed this 146m² home in Walton-on-Thames, south-west London
The three-bedroom family home for a product designer has an L-shaped plan arranged around a courtyard.
The bedrooms, kitchen, and dining area are located around the south-west side of the site in a single-storey wing while the living area and study are located in a double height space.
The blue-brick house features large expanses of glazing and corner windows.
According to the practice, which was co-founded by 2014 AJ Women in Architecture Awards finalist Adriana Natcheva, in-situ concrete has been used to ‘provide continuity between internal and external walls’ with the timber and concrete structure of the house left exposed on the inside.
The architect’s view
On arrival, a brick wall with a corner window invites a cautious curiosity, revealing a double-height study space above. Upon turning the corner, you enter the private courtyard where the transition from the stark solidity of the brick falls away to glazed walls, inviting you to enter the private world of the living spaces within.
The day begins with filtered morning sunlight flooding the bedrooms and ends with evening sunlight filling the terrace to the kitchen and dining area. The living room enjoys sunshine all day from all sides, whilst the raised study area receives north light through a clerestory window, which also serves to offer views over the surrounding treetops.
Location Walton-on-Thames, London
Type of project house
Architect Groves Natcheva