David Chipperfield’s Fayland House in South East England is a testament to architectural minimalism.
Completed in 2013 for esteemed property developer Mike Spink and wife Maria on a 50 acre plot of lush Chiltern hinterland, this radical take on an English country house has architects raving around the world.
And rightly so; the modern single-story three bedroom home sits beautifully snug amongst the rolling english meadows, a striking image of contrast and contemporary culture. Organised in a continuous enfilade – a suite of rooms in linear array, with aligned doorways – the home flows cleanly around a central courtyard, maximising views of the surrounding countryside.
So it’s no surprise this chalk brick modern masterpiece was named Architectural Review’s 2015 house of the year.
I can’t help but imagine myself kicking back amongst the serenity, enjoying a nice english cask ale and/or glass of highland single malt, though I may be worried I’d dirty the museum-esque clarity of the whole thing. See video below. Could you live here?