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MOSSESSIAN TAKES ON PALLADIO

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Michel Mossessian has unveiled these proposals for a £2 million 'Palladian' villa on the edge of the green belt in Elmridge, Kent.

The former design director of SOM's London office, who worked on the design of the NATO headquarters building in Brussels and is more commonly associated with commercial projects, was approached by an art collector to design a six-bedroom house earlier this year. At the heart of the 1,000m 2 house will be a central courtyard, anked by two 'accommodation' wings. Describing the scheme, Mossessian said: 'The three-storey spatial organisation proposes a hierarchy in a series of rings - going from public function at the heart of the house to individual or private function on the periphery. All the rooms on the outside [have] an open and visual relationship to the outdoors, offering contemplative vistas of the picturesque gardens surrounding the house.' Mossessian hopes to submit the scheme, designed in collaboration with landscape architect João Nunes, for planning once an archaeological survey is completed.

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