Three contemporary homes were built in Petersham, on the east bend of the River Thames, to the south-west of London. The site is set away from the outside world down a 50m winding lane and is obscured by established trees, shrubs and high fences. The planning authority stipulated that the development should be low profile and should not be seen from outside the site – a height of seven metres was agreed. The design concept creates three individual family homes that form part of a high quality architectural grouping while remaining totally private. Each house is conceived as a linear arrangement of rooms comprising of dining room, kitchen, study and bedrooms accessed from a double-height gallery that runs the length of the house. A full-height sliding glass door system is used in all rooms. The three houses use three different stones for the ground level floor and three complementary timbers for the stairs and upper floor.