Private House, Northamptonshire

Rich, textural materials and immaculate detailing

Credit: Alex Franklin

James Gorst Architects for private client

Contact value: Undisclosed

GIA: 3,900 m²


This contemporary interpretation of a country house creates a series of interlocking blocks that frame views across the landscape and into a sheltered private courtyard. The juxtaposition of each element, clad in ironstone, bronze cladding and black timber cladding, responds to the earthy tones of the fields beyond.

  • Credit: Alex Franklin
  • Credit: Alex Franklin
  • Credit: Alex Franklin

The brief was to design a new home both for intimate family use and for large scale entertaining. Internally the layout creates a series of zones united by a palette of rich, textural materials and immaculate detailing.

The house stands alone, remote from the nearest village, on a ridge of higher ground over-looking the rolling agrarian landscape of the farm to the north. The visitor is drawn towards the Jurassic elevation of the stepped east front and the sanctuary of the bronze entrance door. At this point the fractured cruciform plan yields a view across a reflecting pool of water, to the surrounding landscape.

See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – East Midlands


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