As part of the ethos of the company, PAD studio make a point to get out of the studio as often as possible to find inspiration from all that surround us. It is important for us all to continue our personal development, to take time out, to engage with other design work and to find inspiration.
‘We have meerkat tendencies – we pop our head up to become aware of movement in culture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, politics and economics – these are all consistently on our radar.’ Point 20, PAD studio manifesto.
I was delighted to join the latest studio outing to Flint House and Windmill Hill Achieve building set within Waddenson Estate, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Flint House won the prestigious 2015 RIBA House of the Year Award. The house was commissioned by Lord Rothschild and designed by Charlotte Skene Catling of Skene Catling de la Pena. The building is a striking, if irregular stepped wedge design which has been clad in graduating colour flint which (on a dull day) blends into the sky. We visited on a stunning summers day and could fully appreciate the roof terraces, with the views out and over the ploughed chalk fields that surround the house.
We also visited the Windmill Hill Archive building, located in walking distance from the Flint House on the site of the estates old dairy farm. The building is by Stephen Marshall Architects and was completed in 2011. I particularly enjoyed the courtyard garden at the centre of the buildings, the space has been designed as a tranquil and peaceful place with stunning views across the landscape. The views had been enhanced by installing a beam to frame the view, making a movie quality to the changing landscape beyond.