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CABE supports Rowan Atkinson’s Meier house

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) is backing Rowan Atkinson’s proposal to build a Richard Meier-designed house in rural south Oxfordshire

A letter from the government’s design watchdog to South Oxford District Council described the scheme as ‘entirely appropriate.’

It read: ‘We support the overall quality of the building and we welcome the high level of detailing. We wish the project well and look forward to seeing it built.’

The comic actor’s planning application earlier this month sparked controversy as neighbours criticised its design. One objector said the project was like an ‘ugly space-age petrol station.’

The Pritzker Prize-winning American architect’s two-storey proposal replaces a derelict 1940s farmhouse close to Ipsden village in the Chilterns.  

Richard Rogers has also written in support of the scheme. He wrote: ‘This house, like all of Richard’s best buildings, belongs to the classical tradition in architecture.

‘As with all classical buildings from the earliest Hellenic to Palladio to Inigo Jones’s Queen’s house in Greenwich, Richard (Meier’s) house stands proudly in contrast to the nature that surrounds it.’

A committee date has yet to be confirmed for the planning application.


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