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An unassuming country home has been voted the best by the prestigious Architectural Review House Awa

 

TO the untrained eye it's a very unassuming single-level house but to the judges behind the prestigious Architectural Review House Awards it is a winner.

 

Fayland House, designed by David Chipperfield Architects has taken out the top award for best house in the AR house awards.

 

The judges said the home was a “radical new take on the English country house’’.

 

Editor of the Architectural Review, Christine Murray, said the judges found the house “subverted the expectations set up by its rigid, rhythmical facade’’.

 

“The project pushes at boundaries.

 

“They also found its restrained opulence interesting, but I think the real enthusiasm was in the courtyards embedded in its asymmetric plan and that beautiful enfilade.’’

 

The house is in the Chiltern Hills between the villages of Skirmett and Hambleden in southern England.

 

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The site was previously occupied by a two-storey house with a number of outbuildings including two garages, a summer house, large stables, a gym, a greenhouse and an outdoor swimming pool.

 

The new single-storey house is embedded in the field facing southwest towards the valley.

 

Ancillary rooms in the house open onto smaller courtyards.

 

The building is designed to be essentially buried in the landscape.

 
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