Duckett House

John Pardey Architects, New Forest, 2003


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Southern and eastern elevations are cedar clad and extensively glazed 

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  • Southern and eastern elevations are cedar clad and extensively glazed    
  • The client requested a house     
  • The master bedroom is expressed as a timber box topped with a pitched room with glazed gable ends and sitting on a white-rendered wall    
  • The view from the entrance hall towards the living area, showing the Juliet balcony to the master bedroom.    
  • Coloured beanbags in the children    
  • A grey sofa made by Sara George of Saxum Design faces an open fireplace which rises throgh the double-hieght space and supports the cantilevered stair    
  • Oak-faced panel doors and matt grey basalt worktops meet the client    
  • Each step is a simple folded-timber cantilevered stair    
  • A long, low window in the family bathroom allows the views to be appreciated from the comfort of a warm bath    
  • A     
  • Each child helped to choose the single coloured wall in their bedroom    
  • The purpose-designed oak bed in the master bedroom incorporates a seat from which to enjoy the view    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Staircase working detail    
  • Staircase working detail    

Private residence: a contemporary take on the agricultural vernacular of the New Forest

Set within a conservation area, Duckett House aims to achieve a contemporary outlook that sits well within its sensitive context. The building avoids a single form in favour of an assemblage of smaller elements, akin to the typology of farm buildings.

The house divides into three functions; guest/study; living; and sleeping. These are used to create three interlocking forms that are clad in cedar above a white wall. A central chimney anchors the composition and rises above a black zinc roof that echoes traditional slate.

Every aspect of the design is informed by an appreciation of the landscape, reflecting the clients' clear instruction that: ‘Our hope is for a home where the interior and exterior spaces blend almost seamlessly. During daylight hours, the natural focus will be the wonderful outdoor views.’


  • Begun: Jan 2003
  • Completed: Aug 2003
  • Floor area: 195m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £339,253
  • Tender date: Oct 2002
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Duckett House, New Forest, United Kingdom

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