Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena
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Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

Located on a wilderness within cultivated agricultural fields in a remote island on the east coast of Britain, the Flint House is an unusual private residence treated as landscape or geological extrusion.

Architects: Skene Catling de la Pena
Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, UK
Photography: James Morris

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

This long, narrow building consists of a flint and chalk house and an freestanding annex, looks like a stepped tectonic plates jutting from the ground, with the rough texture and raw surrounding landscape.

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

The landscape and architecture are inextricably linked, and the form is sculpted using layers of natural materials found there: flint and chalk with inclusions of concrete, glass and metal.

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

Flint is an ancient material related to jasper, obsidian and onyx; a hard, cryptocrystalline form of quartz found only in chalk, and in abundance on the surface of the ploughed fields surrounding the site.

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris

Internally, the main architectural form is articulated through the continuous concrete soffit, the underside of the roof structure that defines the ‘landscape’ of the building.

Flint House by Skene Catling de la Pena

© James Morris


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