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Progress on Riverside House, a contemporary bespoke new home on the river Thames

A restrained, elegant aesthetic with a resilient structural design

Against the autumn skies and turning leaves, we’re excited to see great construction progress on this Thames-side property. We have designed a two-storey house that uses a palette of timber, glass and render, creating a modern property that meets our clients’ needs but sits happily alongside its neighbours. A truly unique family home is very much underway.

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Maximising Natural Light

With wonderful horizon views across the Thames, individual 3 x 2 m roof-lights have been craned and positioned together into this new river-side home.  The property’s design orientation will make full use of light that will flood into the double-height spaces, integrated with great expanses of glazing overlooking the garden and river mooring beyond.


The design integrates a number of sustainable technologies, including a rainwater harvesting system, PV panels, air source heat pumps & exceptional levels of insulation. The façade also cleverly conceals the six garage spaces that were a feature of the original building and which were a prescribed element of the new structure.

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Designing for River Homes

Balconies, stairs and terraces interrupt the rectilinear form, creating visual interest and extending the living areas into the gardens at the rear which track towards the river beyond. Among the many planning and environmental constraints connected with developing a contemporary new build in an established residential setting were those relating to its situation within a high flood risk zone. The resulting design saw the structure elevated over piled foundations to provide protection against any possible future flooding.

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What’s next?

We provide Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Design services throughout LondonSurreyOxfordshireBuckinghamshireBerkshire and the Cotswolds. We’d love to help you plan your bespoke contemporary new build home.  Find out more about how we work or get in touch for an initial conversation.

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