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A modern country house doesn't mean Modernist


I commend your strong stance on the PPG 7 country house issue, and I appreciate your positive comment on our appeal success last week (New, AJ 15.7.04), but I'm afraid I was misquoted. Maybe I'm being picky, but what I actually said was that our design was modern, not Modernist. Louis Kahn's theory was that the way to design a house was to find the idea of 'house'; similarly, we are aiming to find the essence of 'country house' and express it anew. This is very different from the blank-sheet Modernist approach, which means throwing out the baby with the bath water. We want to end up with a clean baby, not an empty bath.

Adrian James, Adrian James Architects, Oxford

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