House at Jacobs Ladder, Oxfordshire

A private house in mature woodland on an escarpment in the Chilterns.

The site commands a beautiful view across the South Oxfordshire plain through a small gap in the dense trees. The brief was based on the premise that the client owned a very beautiful piece of woodland and that the architecture should be a frame for the surroundings. It should not draw excessive attention to itself. It should be a simple house for a couple and their guests, inexpensive to build, but with lots of transparency. An indoor heated pool formed part of the brief from the outset.