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BOWBELSKI BUILDS SECRET COUNTRY HOUSE

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Andrei Bowbelski has won planning permission for this one-off country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

It has gained the full backing of the local planning authority despite facing heavy opposition from a large share of the surrounding population. The scheme's designs were, according to Bowbelski, inspired by the tradition of the formal country houses in the neighbouring countryside.

These include West Wycombe House, a Palladian villa by John Donowell, and Shrub's Wood, by Eric Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff in the International Style.

Bowbelski said that it was the designs of West Wycombe that held particular inspiration for him with this new scheme. 'This eccentric Palladianism has been used to generate our design solution, ' he said. 'Derived from the surrounding landscape fabric, the new house is smaller in scale and simplified in composition.' The location and the client of the house have had to remain secret, however, due to ongoing local opposition.

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