Location: Oxted, Surrey
Client: Mr and Mrs Maude
Project Year: 2012
Cost: £500k - £2mThe dream was to build an ultra-contemporary, modernist villa in the heart of leafy Surrey on the secluded site of an existing pre-fab bungalow – a bold design statement, far removed from the pitched roof architecture of the area.
Dyer Grimes Architects was briefed to design a highly sustainable contemporary home of 480m2, designed for easy living and entertaining. The owners wanted to push the boundaries of contemporary design to create an iconic home they could be proud of.
The cantilevered design of the house creates the illusion that the structure is hovering effortlessly in mid-air above its own reflection in the glass-ended swimming pool below. This combines, to stunning effect, with extensive glazing throughout which draws the surrounding landscape into the house and maximizes views from the first floor of the Surrey Hills beyond.
Arranged around a generous entrance hall, the main living spaces comprise of large sliding walls which disappear into pockets to allow the living, dining and reception rooms to become one open plan space perfect for hosting parties.
The clever structural design and innovative construction methods incorporate slender steel columns, high performance glazing and an advanced insulated render system. It is enhanced by intricate detailing including a shadow gap wrapping around the building between ground and first floor levels, stained hardwood panels to complement the crisp white render, and a feature glass and timber stair.
Sustainability and low maintenance was also integral to the brief. White Lodge provides 12% of its energy usage from renewable sources.
White Lodge by night
Open plan living designed for entertaining