Hillfield (House A), Whipsnade Zoo Estate, Whipsnade: entrance court to the sun-catch

RIBApix ref no RIBA49371
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1936
Image Date1936
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferenceLubetkin Archive / 5024/33 (Felton BN 5799)
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Designed as a 'dacha' or country retreat for Lubetkin and his family, the house was exempt from the usual planning regulations as it was located on the Whipsnade Zoo Estate. This allowed Lubetkin to compose a highly personal design intended to stand as a counter-statement to the theories of Frank Lloyd Wright about architecture and landscape. The house did not give the appearance of having grown naturally from the landscape. Indeed substantial excavation work was undertaken to make possible a flat lawn and a flat house. Like House B, although it still stands, House A has been substantially modified by successive owners.

Subject tags

architects' houses, shadows, verandahs