Font House, Market Harborough

Delicately judged transparency and connection

Font House, Market Harborough.
Font House, Market Harborough. Credit: Rachael Smith

Gluckman Smith for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 175 m²

What was a dilapidated bungalow and garden in 2012 is now an exemplar for conservation-led design. Today Font House and its restored walled garden sit within the context of the grade I listed main house, church and parkland of a country estate.

  • Font House, Market Harborough.
    Font House, Market Harborough. Credit: Thomas Smith
  • Font House, Market Harborough.
    Font House, Market Harborough. Credit: Thomas Smith
  • Font House, Market Harborough.
    Font House, Market Harborough. Credit: Rachael Smith
  • Font House, Market Harborough.
    Font House, Market Harborough. Credit: Thomas Smith
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The result is immediately satisfying and elegant, but comes as the result of continual consideration and refinement at every turn of the design and building process. The new house is conceived as a low pavilion with a delicately judged transparency and connection to the walled garden and yet achieves a degree of privacy and intimacy in its more private spaces. These seemingly conflicting requirements have been skilfully arranged in a layout that is entirely symmetrical and sets up a pleasing geometrical relationship with the garden and main hall beyond. The house and garden are a testament to the highest quality of design and execution.

Regional Conservation Award

Project Architect of the Year (joint) Diana Dina sponsored by Taylor Maxwell

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