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This 450m 2, four-bedroom family home is to become the centrepiece of a two-part development in Lower Ansty, north Dorset. Designed by James Gorst Architects, the building will be formed from two 'rhomboidal concrete pieces' overlaid with strips of oak. The smaller block, or gatehouse, will contain a library and master bedroom, while the main building will house the dining area, kitchen, reception spaces and children's bedrooms.

Also included in the project are plans to renovate a Grade II-listed thatched cottage on the site, which will be converted into a two-up two-down house for guests.

Practice founder James Gorst said: 'The interesting thing is the confrontation of the idyllic, archaic cob cottage and the quite austere, uncompromisingly modern house.' The scheme, one of four 'contemporary' country houses currently on the practice's books, was given the go-ahead on Tuesday and work is expected to start on site in February next year.

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