GHK were approached to prepare designs for a new house to replace an existing log kit house which had been built in part of the historic landscape surrounding Bulstrode Park, Buckinghamshire.
The grounds are grade II* listed on the register of historic parks and gardens and the project therefore required extensive consultation with both English Heritage and The Garden History Society. In return for entering into an agreement to prepare and implement a plan for the management of the historic landscape, we were able to negotiate an increase on the permissible floor area of the new house with the local planning authority
The design for this new house is classically inspired whilst the plan form and spatial relationships are contemporary.
A key feature of the landscape which influenced the design of the new house was the formal eighteenth century canal. The form of the house comprises a pavilion having an axial relationship with the canal beyond. This axis was then continued through the house to provide a vista from the front door to a temple at the far end of the canal.
Traditional materials on the exterior complement the landscape setting whilst the extensive use of glass, natural stone and limed oak give the interior a contemporary feel.
Short-listed for The Manser Medal 2002
Natural Stone Awards 2002 New Build Traditional