Robert Adam's Own Home
Robert Adam designed and built this house for his family in a small village close to his Winchester office. The design mixes English vernacular architecture and traditional local materials with classical principles of proportion and symmetry. The underlying classicism is subdued; ghosts of columns are exposed in changing brickwork patterns, the simple door case is based on Roman examples and the eaves brackets are taken from ancient Greek cornices. The plan is centred on a 6-metre cube hall, approached through a narrow colonnaded vestibule. Smaller rooms surround the central space with a timber balcony crossing one side.