When it was built in 1929 it was seen as an eye-sore, and its approval only scraped through local council on the basis that there was no legal reason to reject it. The boldness, austerity, brutal-functionality was just a little too much for a period of ornateness. It has survived wartime as well as proposed demolition in the 1960’s.
What a difference 80 years makes. It is now seen as representing classic modernist design.
Designed by novice and unknown New Zealand architect Amyas Connell and built for just £1,000, the property known as “High and Over” in the wealthy county of Buckinghamshire – 32 miles from London – is now on the market for £2.395 million.
It is classic modern architecture, with bold and clean lines, strong angles, sweeping curves and plenty of light.
The building consists of three wings positioned at 120 degree angles to each other, ultimately converging to a hexagonal hall which has a bold, black marble floor. There are seven bedrooms and even a gold-plated dining room.
And whilst throughout the home there are plenty of English traditions to be seen, there are also unique hints of Italian baroque and Renaissance architecture.