‘Houses’, by Peter Adlington
If you love modern buildings like I do, Peter Adlington’s newly released book The Houses is required reading. Adlington, who lives in Haddenham, Bucks, only built 9 full houses as an architect, but in a remarkable achievement they are all Grade II listed – more than any other architect in the UK – and this book shows them all, from original sketches and hand-drawn plans through to the original Sixties and Seventies photos from the properties.
RIBA was supposed to deliver me the book some time back and *sniff* obviously forgot, so gawd bless him, Peter came up to deliver it personally. Here he is, sitting in my garden, my plastic hose and blotchy paving nonchalently cocking up the shot, while I sit quietly hoping he doesn’t see how my own Sixties house is crumbling around me (don’t get me started on insulation!).
It’s 50 years since Adlington designed his own house Turn End, so it’s a timely tome and you can wander around its exquisite gardens at the moment with its annual Sculpture in the Garden event, running in conjunction with Bucks Open Studios, an outdoor exhibition that brings together the work of 35 sculptors throughout the garden ‘rooms’ of Turn End.
If you don’t live near Haddenham, or can’t make it to Sculpture in the Garden, you can still get your Adlington fix – one of his properties is rented out by the Landmark Trust! Anderton House in Devon was commissioned in 1969 and sleeps 5, seamlessly merging indoor to outdoor space. Just look at this bad boy.
Or if you want to buy The Houses for your supercool retro architect friends, it’s available to buy through the RIBA bookshop