Hardback with jacket
280 illustrations, 270 in colour, 6 plans
30.5 x 25 cm (12.25 x 9.75 in)
The Country House Ideal
Recent Work by ADAM Architecture
Photography by Paul Barker
Forewords by Clive Aslet and Calder Loth
As in the past, anyone who builds a country house today will want the first sight of it to impress, but they will also have requirements suited to 21st-century life. ADAM Architecture has an international reputation for its diverse portfolio, and its country houses are among the practice’s most admired works. The Country House Ideal explores the way in which ADAM Architecture uses historical precedents, including construction techniques, materials and layout, to give expression to thoroughly modern homes. While the practice is famed for classical design, the houses featured here are far from pastiche, and could have been built at no other time than our own. Architectural historian Jeremy Musson first sets the modern country house in its rich historical context, then presents a series of magnificent new houses, arranged into chapters reflecting a variety of traditional styles: Anglo-Classical, Rural Romantics, Palladian and Neoclassical. This lavishly illustrated book reveals how, in an ADAM Architecture design, such considerations as energy conservation, technology and sustainability receive meticulous attention – all in pursuit of the country house ideal.
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Critic Jeremy Musson examines [ADAM Architecture's] work with aplomb.
House & Garden
A handsomely illustrated volume … What the houses have in common is their careful attention to detail and proportion, their response to the specific needs of each client and their excellent craftsmanship.
An enthralling testimony to the revival of a golden strand of British architecture … Thanks to consistently superb photography by Paul Barker, the book triumphantly succeeds in its main purpose: to demonstrate that you can commission a delightfully handsome or pretty new house, which is finely built of traditional materials … but also makes the most of modern comforts and technology … highly readable text.
Homes & Gardens
The pursuit of classical perfection is the focus of architectural historian Jeremy Musson's new book.
Times Higher Education
This magnificent book's stunning illustrations reveal some of the exquisite architecture of this civilised practice [ADAM Architecture] in all its well-made beauty.