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Grove House

After 25 years of living in a 1920s house and collecting contemporary art, the family who owned it decided to demolish it and build a two-storey, contemporary home in the same grounds.

Despite its relatively conventional accommodation of three bedrooms, a study, dining room, living room and kitchen, its design is purist and elemental; in keeping with the art, it helps to display materials in new ways.

Walls are either solid concrete or floor-to-ceiling glass, with some internal leather-clad finishes and load-bearing brickwork. The architectural concept fixes where structure can be; we had to ensure that the mix and thickness of concrete within the defined placing of the flat slab structure is adequate to carry the loads and, where necessary, has sufficient insulation within its thickness to act as a solid external wall.

A contemporary 3-bed family home with purist, minimalist features

LOCATION
Radlett, UK
CLIENT
Private client
ARCHITECT
Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
PROJECT VALUE
£ 1 million
COMPLETION
2004
AWARDS
  • 2005 Concrete Society ‘Innovation in Concrete’ Award