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John Pardey reveals Lutyens inspired house

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John Pardey Architects has submitted plans under the country house clause for this 1,430m² home in rural Surrey

Sitting in a wooded site in Munstead, in the Surrey Hills, the house is on the road leading to Edwin Lutyens’ Grade I-listed Arts and Crafts house, Orchards, completed in 1897.

The Pardey-designed house features a completely glazed ground floor set beneath an overhanging first floor.

Its largely open-plan ground floor is broken up by four ‘boxes’ clad in polished plaster and timber veneer. These contain a cloakroom, TV room, cinema, and pantry.

The first floor, with six bedrooms and a roof garden, is set behind 4.5m-tall, off-white, glass-reinforced-concrete fins, which offer both shading and privacy.

According to the practice, the scheme ‘attempts to create a house that Lutyens would design if he had the technical means that lie in our hands in today’s society, building from the architectural legacy of the country house and utilising modern methods of construction’. 

The scheme has been supported by a raft of architectural big hitters, including TV presenter Kevin McCloud, writer Alan Powers and former AJ editor Isabel Allen (see attached).

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  • Not sure John Gummer had a corrugated box on stilts in mind when he promoted this legislation as Environment Secretary

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  • The Lutyens reference is a bit lost on me, but I have never seen a John Pardy house I wouldn't want to live in!

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  • The Emperor's New Clothes.

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  • Love the way the ground floor plan re-interprets historic terms for the spaces. Don't knock it. Pardy is one of the top echelon of contemporary country house designers in the UK. He's operating in the 21st century, unlike the clients of Foggey brigade of Royal sycophant designers who would rather return to a time of "below stairs" and Downton Abbey. I often wonder why they don't travel by Haywain to match their architectural tastes. Rock-on Johnny P!

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  • I have always liked John Pardey's houses, but can't get my head around the response to orientation here. It seems as though a Villa Savoyesque imagery has taken over. All but the largest face North west. Master bedroom faces North east. Kitchen faces North west, pantry located at key south west corner. Large terrace garden faces east and with no relief from closely packed GRC fins. Surely one of the lessons of Lutyens and Jekyll's work was The importance of the relationship between inside and outside and the importance of orientation?

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  • Lutyens! carnt really see it, Corb sort of, am practicing country house desgn but havent got beyond early 19th Century styling. Belive it or not there are still clients who want traditional architectue without any bling or audio visual systems.

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