Architecture: Modern Country House by Gregory Phillips Architects

This substantial modern country house by Gregory Phillips Architects is set within twelve acres of elevated grounds on the banks of River Thames in Berkshire, England. The layout of the house evolved from a protected centralized courtyard flanked by glazed single-aspect rooms affording magnificent countryside views, inspired by traditional country houses with adjoining stable yards. 

This evolved into a restrained plan of generously-proportioned spaces surrounding a flint-walled, inner-courtyard linked by galleried corridors faced with timber panelling and stone floors. The contemporary flint-work used within the courtyard reinterprets the flint-work within the surrounding village, and in particular the medieval church that is within view of the property.

Entry to the house itself is made by crossing an enclosed reflecting pool leading into a double height space, from here the building is predominantly glazed to face the far-reaching views with terracing at each level. The gardens adjacent to the house incorporate an infinity edged swimming pool and a tennis court; the landscaping follows a simple, semi-formal layout which leads on to the extensive grounds and open countryside.


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