Textured Facade of The Flint House

The Textured Facade of the Flint House was as wonderful as I had hoped it would be to see. The RIBA 2015 House of The Year, The Flint House was a very special house to visit last week.

Part of a V&A visit to the Waddeson Estate we visited the Flint House and Archive building Windmill Hill in the Vale of Aylesbury. The Flint house designed by Architects Skene Catling de la Pena and The Windmill Hill Archive building designed by Stephen Marshall Architects.

Charlotte Catling de la Pena the Architect talked us through The Flint House building. She talked about the how they had found the flint and chalk during the excavation of the site, how the facade design evolved through to finding The Flint Man David Smith! It was fascinating how they have used the flint in it’s knobbly un-cut form as well as the cut form in different areas of the building as my photos show. The building appears to dissolve into the sky with the use of the flint and chalk in the facade design. The building is so soft in the landscape and I would love to see it in the snow!

The house is currently being used as a family home so I cannot show any interior photos. However it is a stunning mix of contemporary architecture, sculpture, paintings, antique furniture through to contemporary furniture. The Interiors were created by David Mlinaric Interior Designer. I personally love it when contemporary architecture allows the space to suit a mix of old and new working effortlessly together and this house does it perfectly.

The Waddeson Manor was a 19th Century weekend home for The Rothschild Family. In the grounds it was Jacob Rothschild that has commissioned the Flint House and Windmill Hill for housing their archive.

The Windmill Hill Archive houses the families archive and has a wonderful mix of contemporary art and Sculpture on show as you can see from a selection of my photos.

My Fascination in Architecture….

My fascination in Architecture has been part of my life since a little girl and my Dad would take us to see new buildings in and around London. One of my strongest memories of these trips was the Lloyds Building, the inside out building, with the lifts on the outside! The Lloyd’s building was designed by Architect Richard Rogers in London’s Financial District. Followed by then seeing the Blue-Glazed flats in Shad Thames, The Circle by CZWG Architects a few years later. This building is in Queen Elizabeth Street in Shad Thames!

We also grew up watching Architect Robin Webster build his own family home in London – A glass house. The whole house was built in glass around a courtyard garden. There were lots of large sliding doors in place of solid walls so it could become a open-plan home with outdoor space connected to the interiors. Architects Robin Webster and Robin Spencer designed the steel and glass Modernist Houses for both of their families in Belsize Park Gardens, London. I will get more photos and write a piece on this house as it was fascinating to stay over in as kids and enjoy parties in.

I nearly studied Architecture but ended up following the Textiles route as Maths and Physics were not my strong point! This fascination continued though in a very exciting way by setting up a property partnership, called Otago Developments, to build our studio with Miranda Webster, Robin Webster and Stuart Cameron . This has been an incredible experience, plus the fact that our first building, The Printworks, won a RIBA award in 2009.

We developed The Printworks building with award winning Architects Cameron Webster. We then went onto designing and building our own home with them.

Natasha Marshall Favourite Designs Of The Week.

Our best selling fabric last week was Flip Lemon Slice and most sampled fabric Plectrum, Feather Grey. The favourite wallpaper of the week was Tandem Plain in Feather Grey.


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Have a wonderful week ahead and please do share your architecture loves / must sees with me x