Private House Petersfield

Private House Petersfield

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Architect: Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects
Client: Private Client
Contractor: Downley Inspiring Construction 
Photographer: Nick KaneCopyright: Nick Kane

This large private house is a tour de force in a technicolour architectural style that derives from that of James Stirling, from whose practice these architects emerged. This means that it is an assemblage of strong primary forms, mostly cylinders and cubes.  

The entire structure, including the curved elements, is of cross-laminated timber.

The procurement process was unusual. The client acted as his own contractor and project manager, and employed sub-contractors directly. The architect's working drawings are in the form of meticulous hand-drawn, coloured and mostly three dimensional details.

Such architecture will not be to everyone's taste, but this is a private house and the client loves it. It is sustainable, exceeding Passivhaus standards, entirely coherent, beautifully realised and, in its own terms, near perfect.

 


  

 

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