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St John's delights as response to locality


As someone who was in a small way involved with Adrian James' St John's House in Ramsden, Oxfordshire (Letters, AJ 26.8.04), I was delighted by the outcome.

The design, although thoroughly modern, appeared to reject tired abstraction and bland Minimalism in favour of something far more indigenous. The architect seemed to draw from the same well-spring of tradition that formed those great architects from the past when they built in Oxfordshire - architects such as Wren, Hawksmoor, Archer, Lutyens, etc. All these responded in their own ways to a local sense of history, geology and climate; and James' house does the same.

Does this sound fanciful?

After three days of exhaustive public enquiry, the inspector thought not, and described the proposals as outstanding.

John Melvin, John Melvin Architects and Town Planners, Oxon

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