Hillfield (House A), Whipsnade Zoo Estate, Whipsnade: the roof terrace
|Architect/Designer||Lubetkin & Tecton|
|Artist/Photographer||Felton, Leo Herbert (d. 1968)|
|Library Reference||Lubetkin Archive / 5024/32 (Felton BN 5800)|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Subject||Paving ; Terraces ; Architects' houses ; Roofs|
NOTES: Designed as a 'dacha' or country retreat for Lubetkin and his family, the house was exempt from the usual planning regulations as it was located on the Whipsnade Zoo Estate. This allowed Lubetkin to compose a highly personal design intended to stand as a counter-statement to the theories of Frank Lloyd Wright about architecture and landscape. The house did not give the appearance of having grown naturally from the landscape. Indeed substantial excavation work was undertaken to make possible a flat lawn and a flat house. Like House B, although it still stands, House A has been substantially modified by successive owners.
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