Award winning summerhouse in Hampshire

Award winning summerhouse in Hampshire

A new summerhouse that stands in the grounds of a Grade II* Listed house, adjoining a walled garden where an eighteenth-century orangery once stood. The building is based on a Palladian Doric Order, adapted and simplified for the use of brick as the principal material. Every type of bond is used, each variation used to distinguish different architectural elements. In this way, the building suggests a giant apprentice piece, produced to demonstrate the skill of the bricklayer. The finished project is an unusual example of high quality craftsmanship using traditional methods and materials.

The summerhouse was the overall winner of the 2006 RIBA Downland Prize and received a commendation in the 2006 Georgian Group Architectural Awards.

Designed by George Saumarez Smith