This astonishing house, located in the ancient hamlet of Ansty on the Dorset / Wiltshire border, was built in 1962 by Arup to the designs of David Levitt. Alison & Peter Smithson made later additions to the property, making it undoubtedly one of finest architect-designed homes in Britain (an archive dedicated to the house at Ansty can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum).

The house, bought six years ago by the co-founder of London studio Coppin Dockray Sandra Coppin and her husband Nico de Beer, has undergone an extensive renovation and was shortlisted in 2015 for the AJ Retrofit Awards and won the award for 'Best Renovation' in the 2015 Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.

Resources: The Modern House | dezeen | The Telegraph
Photography: Brotherton & Lock



For the aesthetics of the twentieth century, the neutral gray of concrete was not a color, it represented an ideology. It stood for the rule of pure ideas and utopias. But in the end, the non-ornamented world had acquired the reputation in art and in architecture of cutting things off from their environment, and from contradictions as well as from nuances.
Jens Hausmann paints for us his version of buildings in an emotionally arctic modernism, which is slowly reconquered by nature.


All images © Jens Hausmann