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Font House

Winner of three 2018 RIBA East Midlands Awards: Regional Award, Conservation Award and the Project Architect Award which went to Diana Dina.  Our award entry can be found here on the RIBA Website.

A new house and landscaped garden in the grounds of Nevill Holt, Leicestershire, in collaboration with garden designer Rupert Golby and interior designer Ann Boyd.

Nevill Holt includes a series of historic walled gardens, linked together by small pathways and openings . Gluckman Smith has designed a new house, currently under construction.

Replacing a tired 1960s bungalow, the house takes on a symmetrical form standing clear of the historic garden walls with the composed presence of a pavilion. The material pallette draws on local sources and inspiration from the main hall with a series of hand-crafted bronze roofs set on ironstone facades.  The house opens onto a south facing terrace, wrapped by two ponds and framed by wysteria-clad pergolas.

The internal layout balances a refined and intimate living space with a setting for entertainment.  Private wings flank an open plan pavilion room, centred around a fireplace which opens out directly onto the terrace. Slender-framed sliding glazed screens blur the boundary between inside and out.

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