Donald Insall Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

with Price & Myers, Max Fordham, Barker Langham and Tom Stuart-Smith

The restoration of Clandon Park will breathe new life and activity into the house and landscape while immersing the public in its layered history. Rethinking the conventions of the building and redefining Leoni’s legacy, the project will reinterpret the historic rooms through careful conservation, meticulous recreation, and contemporary insertions in a narrative that unfolds through a sequence of spaces. Damage from the fire is selectively exposed and used as a tool to reveal construction details never before seen. Newly inserted spaces and infrastructure provide flexibility to support a renewed cultural framework and educational workshops for the National Trust. There are remains of the late 17th-century garden layout with its axial geometry in the immediate setting of the house and these will be redefined by a new formal garden fading to a softer pastoral symmetry.