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Smithsons' weekend house in Wiltshire listed

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has listed Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1962 Upper Lawn Pavilion in Tisbury, Wiltshire

The weekend house, which was given a Grade II-listing following recommendations from English Heritage and CABE, was renovated and restored by Sergison Bates Architects in 2008.

The pavilion incorporates an eighteenth century wall from what was originally a pair of cottages.

Jon Wright, senior caseworker at the Twentieth Century Society, said: ‘We are really pleased about this. We worked very hard to make sure the Sergison Bates scheme was acceptable and we put it in for listing in 2003. It’s taken a while, but it is good news.’

For more details about the building click here.

English Heritage’s listing assessment

Architectural Interest: It is a handsomely-proportioned example of a post-war, New Brutalist-style dwelling;

Innovation: It combines traditional timber-framing techniques, modern materials and the remains of an C18 stone dwelling;

Intactness: The building remains as it was intended, retaining historic interior features and plan form;

Historic Interest: The building was designed and built by the Smithsons; an internationally significant architectural partnership and is representative of their pioneering New Brutalist architectural style;

Historic Interest: It was the only building designed, built and inhabited by the Smithsons for their own use and one of their few realised domestic projects.

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