Fab 40: John Pardey Architects, Lymington
Britain doesn’t really have an architectural equivalent to the Hamptons, but if there was then the work of John Pardey would no doubt feature highly. In over 20 years of practice, the Hampshire-based architect has disavowed metropolitan pretensions but never strayed far from the modernist path.
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Pardey’s architecture is undeniably contemporary, yet it slots neatly into the pragmatic tradition established by the likes of Jorn Utzon and Peter Aldington (both of whom Pardey knew). ’There’s a healthy dose of Scandinavian modernism infecting everything we do,’ he admits, and the recent Hind House – raised up above its flood plain site – is a modernist pavilion of unerring simplicity.
Zinc and cedar cladding cloak three main volumes, which interact at a central point. There’s also a hint of Neutra and the Case Study series in projects like the Attwood House, where slender steelwork is blended with flat roofs and broad expanses of glass. Somehow, however, Pardey ensures the aesthetic stays wedded to the British tradition, rather than float off into a West Coast-inspired reverie. Two new houses are currently on site, with a further four on the drawing board.