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Hillfield (House A), Whipsnade Zoo Estate, Whipsnade: the roof terrace

RIBA Ref No RIBA49370
Architect/DesignerLubetkin & Tecton
Artist/PhotographerFelton, Leo Herbert (d. 1968)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1936
Image Date1936
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferenceLubetkin Archive / 5024/32 (Felton BN 5800)
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectPaving ; 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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