Rothschild Foundation Buckinghamshire, Windmill Hill Building, Waddenden Estate Aylesbury

Rothschild Foundation, Aylesbury

Waddenden Estate Development, Buckinghamshire design by Stephen Marshall Architects, England, UK

19 May 2011

Rothschild Foundation

Design: Stephen Marshall Architects

Rothschild Foundation: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate

Rothschild Foundation: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate

Rothschild Foundation: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate

Rothschild Foundation: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate
photos © Richard Bryant

Rothschild Foundation Waddenden

RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011

In order to accommodate the Rothschild Foundation Archive and the offices of the Rothschild charity, a series of simple rectangular buildings has been built on the site of a former dairy farm. The original farmhouse has been retained and outbuildings incorporated into a new composition of courtyard gardens.

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photos © Richard Bryant

The main archive is housed in a building with great thermal mass and insulation. It is naturally cooled, thus avoiding the normal archive need for air conditioning and forced humidity control. An exquisite oak gridshell roof, consummately detailed and supported on triangular struts, forms the major space.

The landscaped courtyards complement the architecture and the decorated, diagonally incised zinc roofs add a richness to the simple architectural forms.

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photos © Richard Bryant

The Rothschild Foundation Aylesbury – Building Information

Title: The Rothschild Foundation
Location: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate, Aylesbury
Architect: Stephen Marshall Architects
Client: Alice Trust
Contractor: Paul Hardy
Contract Value: £8m
Date of completion: Feb 2011
Gross internal area: 1,610 sqm

RIBA Awards

AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards : Winner. 20 Apr 2012

Location: Windmill Hill, Waddenden Estate, Aylesbury, England, UK

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