Country House by BPR architects
- Esther Jablotschkin
For ‘Downley House’, a modern residence tucked into the hills of Hampshire’s South Downs, London based architects Birds Portchmouth Russum took a few liberties with the term ‘country house’. Sure, it’s technically a house in the country, but it’s also a brand new, slinking structure with gleaming interiors and lovely contemporary architectural touches. Inspired by the homeowners love for wine, the heart of the spread is a lofty barrel-vaulted dining area, with burnished staircases spiraling upward and large windows on either side looking out into the courtyards. In general the architects designed a perfect mixture of modern architecture with traditional details. But perhaps the mansion’s most unusual feature sits outside the home itself; the structure was all built behind the crumbling facade of an old, true English country house.
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