Skywood House and the Architecture of Graham Phillips
By Phyllis Richardson
With additional texts by Kenneth Powell
As Chief Executive at Foster & Partners, Graham Phillips has had responsibility for the design and construction of some of the world’s most iconic buildings. But after more than 20 years creating massive skyscrapers and transportation hubs, it was the design of a small house in the green fields of Buckinghamshire that sent him back to the drawing board, and to his investigations as a student into 'A Search for Form'.
Skywood has been called a house that turns lifestyle into a work of art and one that offers a masterclass in architectures power to excite and inspire. As a structure, it reflects rigour and attention to detail, attributes that its creator, Graham Phillips, credits both to his time at Foster & Partners, and to his experiences of buildings he loves, from Mies van der Rohes Barcelona Pavilion and Luis Barragan’s house in Mexico City, to the serene composition of Japanese gardens. Skywood House garnered immediate acclaim from the architectural and popular press. It also became a favoured setting for television and film producers, who found in its pure form and exquisite geometries the perfect backdrop for an array of dramatic scenarios. Known as the Va Va Voom house for its appearance in the 2005 Renault Clio television advert featuring the football titan Thierry Henry, Skywood continues to attract a popular and critical audience. And Phillips further projects, carried out as an independent architect, resonate with the same sense of precision and elegance.
As well as informative texts by Phyllis Richardson, Kenneth Powell and Graham Phillips, specially commissioned photography by RIBA fellow Dennis Gilbert, unseen drawings and detailed plans make this, the first collection of Graham Phillips's work to date, a detailed and absorbing examination of the journey towards form.
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