Book: A Garden & Three Houses
In 1963, the architect Peter Aldington and his wife Margaret found a small plot of land in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. Having already completed a small house in nearby Askett Green a few years earlier, the young architect was keen to evolve a contemporary rural architecture that owed as much to Corbusian ideals as it did the bucolic splendour of overflowing gardens, vernacular forms and a sense of historic evolution.
Intending to build their own house on the site, along with three others, the Aldingtons' design preserved mature trees and embraced the local tradition of garden walls, courtyards and enclosures.
This new monograph traces the history of the creation of Turn End and the neighbouring houses, following planning battles of startling complexity (the houses' construction coincided with the 60s-era mania for re-directing roads and new traffic schemes).
With contemporary images by acclaimed architectural photographer Richard Bryant, a host of archive shots, as well as explanatory captions by the Aldingtons, this is a very personal journey through the ongoing life of a house, from inception through to completion and beyond.