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).