The Rothschild Foundation

The Rothschild Foundation

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Architect: Stephen Marshall Architects

Client: Alice Trust

Photographer: Richard Bryant

In order to accommodate the Rothschild Foundation Archive and the offices of the Rothschild charity, a series of simple rectangular buildings has been built on the site of a former dairy farm. The original farmhouse has been retained and outbuildings incorporated into a new composition of courtyard gardens.

The main archive is housed in a building with great thermal mass and insulation. It is naturally cooled, thus avoiding the normal archive need for air conditioning and forced humidity control. An exquisite oak gridshell roof, consummately detailed and supported on triangular struts, forms the major space.

The landscaped courtyards complement the architecture and the decorated, diagonally incised zinc roofs add a richness to the simple architectural forms.

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