July 6, 2016 Conservation Area, Green Belt, One-off Houses, WaM

High Meadows, Gerrards Cross

WaM Architecture ar delighted to have secured detailed planning consent for this 15,000 sqft new country house within the Historic Park, within the Green Belt on the edge of Gerrards Cross.

The proposed style is based on English Palladian architecture during the early Georgian Era in Britain. It’s elevational language is based on a distinct set of referenced and honest rules. The elevations use proportions from the Classical Tuscan order and golden section, with composition from early Georgian geometry. The Tuscan order is the most understated of all the orders it works very well when the overall proposed height of the building is to be kept to a minimum.

The overall appearance of the building is proposed to be of high quality. All facades will be fully clad in ashlar stone including window surrounds and classical details. The shallow hidden pitched roofs will be finished in copper.

The house sits centrally on a large plateau in the heart of the site with the central bay of the facade protruding to create an orangery in the heart of the landscape. The bay has a Tuscan ordered pilaster arrangement to give further emphasis to the main point of entrance. The proportions of the columns and entablature are used to inform the elements on the rest of the building and the orangery to the rear. The ancient classical Vitruvian proportions are based on the diameter of the column as one unit. All other dimensions are specific proportions of that unit. For example, the column height from base to capital is exactly 7 times the diameter.

The end facades of the house are extended with semi-circular projections, which maximizes light into associated rooms.

The central bay is capped with a pediment set to 22.5° pitch with matching cornice to the entablature. These features give an understated dominance without the need for any further detail or enrichment.

The roof line is capped with a typical Tuscan balustrade parapet to hide the shallow forms of the roof behind. The balustrade dimensions have a direct proportional relationship to the main entrance pilasters.

The windows have been proportioned based fundamentally on a comfortable 1.1m wide opening. The heights are governed directly from the golden section proportions of the individual glazing units. This is typical of English Palladianism, with the ground floor windows higher than the first floor windows to highlight the principle floor. The windows are arranged into 6/6 and 6/3 modules to give sufficient ventilation. Window levels have been set out in level by the top of the plinth for the ground floor and the top of the cornice of the entablature at first floor.

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