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Smithsons' weekend house in Wiltshire listed

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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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