Posted by bryant_rousseau at 9/3/2010 at Architectural Record:
Richard Meier revealed last night that his design plans for a new home for actor Rowan Atkinson in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Oxfordshire, England were approved by the South Oxfordshire District Council. This will be Meier's first built work in Great Britain.
The house is textbook Meier: a white and glass structure with attention to natural light and clean modern lines. The design, the architect said, is site specific and is meant to reflect and communicate the beauty around it, not compete with it.
"The design was inspired by the surrounding area, the green rolling hills, the vast open spaces; I wanted that beauty to be reflected in my design," says Meier, managing partner of his eponymous firm. "We've also removed the old house, which was in dire disrepair, and replaced it with something that we know will be lived in and cared for years to come."