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Fantastic interior but a forbidding facade


I admire the interior and wonderful, floating rear garden terrace of Eldridge Smerin's house (AJ 26.2.04). However, the flat-pack facade of the new extension has all the cheerfulness of a very odd piece of furniture stranded in a gap between two buildings. The lack of meaningful detail, in sharp contrast to the original Victorian house, is truly shocking.

It is a great pity that the fantastic interior space of the new structure was projected as an alienating, forbidding facade.

The impression, on approaching the house from the street, may be more like 'divide and rule' than 'connect and contrast'.

Andrew Stys, London

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