Published Thursday, 29th March 2012
Modernist architecture - open for interpretation
We were delighted to be asked by the National Trust to help them create visitor interpretation for a new property in their portfolio. High Cross House, is situated in the Dartington Estate in Devon and is a true gem of the International Modern style, designed by Swiss-American architect William Lescaze in 1932. It was commissioned by Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst as a ‘machine for living in’ for W.B. Curry, the first headmaster of Dartington Hall School. The house has had many changes of use from it's original residence for the headmasters of the school and the National Trust's aim is to recreate as much of the original furnishings as possible and our interpretation brief is follow a minimal, unobtrusive approach that retains the sleek lines of the space. Working to a fixed budget we have created external wayfinding, internal exhibitions and visitor information that push the National Trust guidelines into a direction that the Modernists would approve of. The house is home to visiting artists and the National Trust have a host of creative events planned at the property throughout the year.
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