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Miesian house considered for listing

The government is considering listing the Courtyard House - a 1970s steel-framed Modernist gem in Poole, designed by Richard Horden.

Created for his parents, Peter and Irene, the building has been described as a 'superb Miesian house' and as having 'qualities of light and space [that] are a revelation'.

Officially called Wildwood, the house in Dorset was built between 1973-75 in the grounds of a large Edwardian residence - the family's former home.

The design is heavily influenced by many of the Case Study houses in California, in particular the rectilinear homes by Craig Ellwood.

Horden had travelled widely throughout the United States during a three-month tour in 1968, and he completed his designs for the house three years later.

The courtyard is an integral part of the home, as is the garden and screen wall, which adds to the transparency and flow of space through the house.

Heritage minister Andrew McIntosh is now seeking the public's opinion on the building, which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) describes as 'exceptional compared with other British steel buildings'.

Interested parties need to forward their views to the DCMS by 27 May 2005.

by Richard Waite

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