Guide price £2.5m.
Highly commended, Residential Property Awards 2010
The dialetics of architecture and landscape, light and shade, inside and outside are at their most exhaltant in this building. They are not separate. Their limits define and celebrate each other. In listening and enquiring to the site, it has, in its own way, guided how the design should manifest. The radial form of the building carefully and respectfully responds to the embrace of the site's densely vegetated boundary.
The design pivots on a central axis with an entrance 'folly' directed to greet its neighbour whilst sharing its architectural demeanour.
A laurel hedge encloses an ornamental and classically influenced privet garden that resonates with the site's surroundings. Vista opportunities are offered through the folly in to the central courtyard garden upon entering the building but can only be traversed following a journey through the space below.
The thoughtfully crafted incisions in the ground penetrate the space below with natural light to create a theatrical and sublime narration of the elegant and sweeping forms which are transformed in each season and each day of the year, each hour of the day, and each moment.
James Bell, Architect