Modern in Berkshire
Gregory Phillips Architects designed the building, interiors and landscaping of this substantial modern country house along the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire. By working closely with the clients, Gregory has created a contemporary family home that connects seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. The design was inspired by traditional country houses with adjoining stable yards. This design evolved into a restrained plan of generously-proportioned spaces surrounding a flint-walled inner-courtyard linked by galleried corridors faced with caramelised oak wall panelling and dark basalt stone floors.
The front door with its double- height entrance space has that `wow` factor. The sleek architectural lines are elegantly complemented by the beautiful craftsmanship in the home. Most notably, the influence of nature in the design of the furniture and accessories cleverly reference the wonderful landscaped backdrop. The lighting and blinds are concealed within the ceiling allowing for clear views throughout the space and into the gardens. The home gives the impression of a seamless transition between internal and external spaces. A linear aesthetic prevails, uninterrupted by light-fittings and so natural light flows through the space, creating an air of tranquillity. There is a wonderful relationship between that of the interior and natural landscape beyond.
Part of the Landscape
The extensive countryside views afforded from the site become evident only upon entry into the house itself, adding a strong element of grandeur to the approach and entry. The formal entrance
is made by crossing an enclosed reflecting pool leading into a double-height space, from here the building is predominantly glazed to face the far-reaching north-western views with terracing at each level. The gardens incorporate an infinity edged swimming pool and a tennis court, whilst the landscaping follows a simple, semi-formal layout leading to the extensive grounds and open-countryside beyond. Fluid relationships between indoors and outdoors are maintained via banks of glass and vast sliding doors that open out onto the garden. The balconies and roof terraces at first floor further reinforce links to the landscape. The key rooms that face the views are the main bedroom and bathroom. A marble clad bath is positioned close to a retractable bathroom window.
Natural Light and Colour
With plenty of natural lighting throughout the house, Gregory has complemented this with concealed lighting coming from behind the walls. The luxurious range of fabrics and natural stone and marble, enrich the house with textural aspects such as animal-hide walls, basalt floors and sofas upholstered in the most opulent of silks. These combined textures and the colour palettes of silk-lined walls, built-in bespoke cabinetry and solid oak floorboards imbue a sense of elegance and luxury whilst remaining sympathetic to the magnificent views of the valley through the carefully detailed full height glazing and sliding doors. Indeed, this project exemplifies how use of the finest natural materials in muted palettes can create refined and interesting spaces. The result is a holistic response which exceeded the clients’ expectations and provided them with a luxurious, contemporary family home full of clean lines, natural light and sumptuous furnishings and fabrics.
Gregory Phillips Architects
Gregory Phillips Architects is an interior design and architecture practice which aims to provide a bespoke and holistic approach to high quality residential design both in the UK and internationally. Born in London, Gregory Phillips was trained at Bristol University and the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. He has a unique perspective when designing houses, rather like the Renaissance man, he provides elegant tailored design solutions for each project from the architecture to the furniture to the landscape design. His projects include city homes and stylish country residences for a wide number of highprofile clients, reflecting his creativity, experience and discretion. With all his projects, Gregory takes into consideration the client’s lifestyle as he believes a house should be a home that provides sanctuary for the owners, as well as providing luxury and beauty. His work is modern, elegant and comfortable and uses traditional materials such as stone, wood and leather in a contemporary way with a high degree of craftsmanship. www.gregoryphillips.com