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UK £40.00
US $70.00
CAN $87.50
Hardback with jacket
288 pages
280 illustrations, 270 in colour, 6 plans
30.5 x 25 cm (12.25 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4639-9
The Country House Ideal
Recent Work by ADAM Architecture

Jeremy Musson

Photography by Paul Barker

Forewords by Clive Aslet and Calder Loth

As in the past, anyone who builds a country house today will want the first sight of it to impress, but they will also have requirements suited to 21st-century life. ADAM Architecture has an international reputation for its diverse portfolio, and its country houses are among the practice’s most admired works. The Country House Ideal explores the way in which ADAM Architecture uses historical precedents, including construction techniques, materials and layout, to give expression to thoroughly modern homes. While the practice is famed for classical design, the houses featured here are far from pastiche, and could have been built at no other time than our own. Architectural historian Jeremy Musson first sets the modern country house in its rich historical context, then presents a series of magnificent new houses, arranged into chapters reflecting a variety of traditional styles: Anglo-Classical, Rural Romantics, Palladian and Neoclassical. This lavishly illustrated book reveals how, in an ADAM Architecture design, such considerations as energy conservation, technology and sustainability receive meticulous attention – all in pursuit of the country house ideal. 


The first book devoted to the country houses of one of the world’s leading practices specializing in classical design

Focuses in-depth on 19 new houses in England and Scotland in a range of styles, all specially photographed for the book

Written by a well-known expert on the history of country houses

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Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. Formerly Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine, he is the author of English Ruins (with Paul Barker; Merrell, 2011) and several books on English country houses, including English Country House Interiors (2011).

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Critic Jeremy Musson examines [ADAM Architecture's] work with aplomb.

English Home

A handsomely illustrated volume … What the houses have in common is their careful attention to detail and proportion, their response to the specific needs of each client and their excellent craftsmanship.

House & Garden

An enthralling testimony to the revival of a golden strand of British architecture … Thanks to consistently superb photography by Paul Barker, the book triumphantly succeeds in its main purpose: to demonstrate that you can commission a delightfully handsome or pretty new house, which is finely built of traditional materials … but also makes the most of modern comforts and technology … highly readable text.

Country Life

The pursuit of classical perfection is the focus of architectural historian Jeremy Musson's new book.

Homes & Gardens

Gorgeous book.

Period Ideas

This magnificent book's stunning illustrations reveal some of the exquisite architecture of this civilised practice [ADAM Architecture] in all its well-made beauty.

Times Higher Education
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