Roots visit High Cross House

, Subject : Inspiration

High Cross House, Dartington, Devon, Photo by Roots Design WorkshopRoots recently visited High Cross House, in Dartington, Devon.

High Cross House was designed by William Lescaze in 1932 for William Curry, headmaster of Dartington Hall School.  Now managed by the National Trust, it is often regarded as one of Britain’s most celebrated Modern residences.*

Roots Director Chris commented, ‘I remember visiting High Cross House in the first semester of my first year undergraduate Architecture course and not really knowing what I was seeing, and therefore not really appreciating it!  This time though I was able to gain some understanding of why it is so reverred; it has a real clarity that encapsulates the broadest and the smallest details.  It is light, open and flowing, with a tangible connection between all spaces, whether inside or outside.

Moreover, it is great to see it is still used as a working artists studio and not set-up as a museum piece or left to decay because it has become unfashionable.  I would recommend anyone visiting the south-west of England goes along to see it.’

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* Information from National Trust

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