Caring Wood by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture

This modern take on an oasthouse complex was no easy task, providing accommodation for four families, walls big enough to house a private art collection and space to host classical music concerts. And the clients were the inlaws… Words by Clare Dowdy At around 1,450 sq m Caring Wood House is a substantial property. It sleeps at least 15, has a large entertaining space and sits in its own 84 acres of Kent countryside. But at this point, the similarities with many other English country houses start to fall away. This 21st-century take on an oast-house complex is...

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Oxfordshire residence by Richard Meier

A gleaming-white new house on its own hill in the Chilterns is an architect’s dream project, and this one has Richard Meier’s name stamped all over it All Images: Hufton + Crow Words by Cate St Hill For Richard Meier’s first building in the UK, he has seemed to come across an architect’s dream site — an almost too-perfect-to-be-true plot, set on a gentle hillock with grand, sweeping views across the unspoilt, picturesque Chiltern Hills. Site plan of the Oxfordshire residence and grounds If you’re going to make your mark on the English landscape at the age of...

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Review: Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square

An exhibition at the RIBA in London reexamines two iconic architectural schemes for the same site in the City of London by Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling Architecture Gallery, RIBA, LondonUntil 25 June Review by Herbert Wright Thrice a three-sided site by the Bank of England has changed the history of post-war British architecture. First, with the promise (or threat) of a Mies van der Rohe London skyscraper, secondly with Prince Charles’ opening salvo of his war on contemporary architecture, and finally with a James Stirling masterpiece that marked the tail-end of postmodernism’s golden period. Circling...

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Yoshino Cedar House by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa

Airbnb and architect Go Hasegawa have designed a cedar-wood house and given it to the village of Yoshino in rural Japan Words by Johnny Tucker All images courtesy of Airbnb, except where otherwise stated. An Englishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman sit down to dinner… There’s also a raft of local people from the surrounding small rural town in Japan, as well as two Americans, one of whom is a billionaire. The cooking is being done at the table and the atmosphere is convivial and relaxed. The host of the event, well, that’s a little bit more complicated…...

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Review: The Japanese House at Barbican Art Gallery

The latest exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London charts the evolution of the Japanese house from the end of the Second World War Barbican Art Gallery, LondonUntil 25 JuneReview by Cate St Hill The intimate domestic life of the contemporary Japanese house goes on show at the Barbican Gallery’s latest exhibition on the nation’s residential architecture from after 1945. With some 200 works by more than 40 practices on display, the exhibition portrays how Japanese architects completely turned the conventional, single-family home on its head, transforming it into a site of radical experimentation and fantasy. It...

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