Golden Mede Housing, Waddesdon. C.F. Møller. Photo: Philip Twaddell

Golden Mede Housing, Waddesdon

C.F. Møller has designed two new residential housing areas in Waddesdon, a rural English village of 2,000 inhabitants, which is just over an hour's drive from London.
 Golden Mede Housing, Waddesdon. C.F. Møller. Photo: Philip Twaddell


The Rothschild Foundation


Waddesdon Village, UK


11,000 m², 75 units




1st prize in architectural competition. 2013


Allenbuild Ltd


Planning stage: Cundall Vectos Gardiner & Theobald Construction stage: CAMBRIA


C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Placebuilder Architects Placebuilder Services Planning Consultant: Montagu Evans Archaeology: Wessex Archaeology Quantity surveyor and Sustainability: Gardiner & Theobald Land survey: Glanville Ecology: Bernwood

  • MIPIM/AR Future Project Award, Commendation. 2019
  • S.ARCH - Conceptual Design Awards - Best Design in Category Residential Project. 2019
  • Shortlisted for Housing Design Award. 2016
  • 1st prize in architectural competition. 2013

The focal point of the village is Waddesdon Manor, a stately home built in the Renaissance style by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885. Waddesdon Manor is the cornerstone of the Rothschild Foundation, which has a significant presence in the UK’s philanthropic landscape. The foundation is financing the rural development project, which includes the two new housing estates.

The design strategy of the project is to create a central park, to bring the natural environment into the heart of the new housing districts. Paths and lawns will invite other villagers to use the park.

The housing units are mostly two-storey terraced houses grouped in small clusters, which all face the common. Characteristic sloping roofs and stunning attic windows give these houses a special identity in the village, and the materials of the façades – tiles and light-coloured brickwork and timber – have obvious links to the traditional architectural style of Waddesdon.

The open gardens and terraces in front of the houses clearly reflect a desire to create residential housing that is more open than traditional English homes with enclosed gardens. To the rear of each unit there is access to a private patio (a garden which looks out onto the central park area). There is also special focus on keeping motorised traffic to a minimum within the residential areas. There are few access roads and no through traffic.

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