Mod­ern in Berk­shire

Arabella - - FEATURES - Project by Gre­gory Phillips Ar­chi­tects

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 Home

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.gre­go­


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