What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, in his Ten Books on Architecture (‘De Architectura’), Vitruvius laid out the proportions that went on to underpin all classical architecture thereafter, from Renaissance Florence to the Washington Capitol, and far beyond. Still relevant today, these are most familiar to the english suburbs as ‘georgian’, that polite incarnation that compliments many a country squire.
This seemed particularly appropriate here, in a Conservation Area comprising a very mixed bag of architecture. We took a pared back approach, designing a calming influence for the street. An elegant façade with classical symmetry and a contemporary palette of materials, the result is a building with roots in an English tradition, but also fitting for the era of its creation.
The new house encompasses some 4,000 ft².