Something of exceptional, enduring quality
Richard Meier & Partners Architects with Berman Guedes Stretton for private client
Contract value: Confidential
What has been achieved in this reinvention of the country house is something of exceptional, enduring quality and detail, which is clearly enjoyed by its users. The rigour with which detailing and co-ordination has been undertaken, through monitoring of construction quality, was very impressive, particularly as the project was delivered through collaboration across the Atlantic.
To a large degree, the stark, white modern addition relies on its contrast with the mature sylvan setting. The proportions of the volumes making up the principal spaces of the house, and their interrelationship with the composition of the facade, are in the vein of other classic Meier houses. Framed views of the Oxfordshire countryside were set against the surprisingly domestic scale settings and rooms within such a large house.
Overall, a ‘simple, graceful and elegant’ home.