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High Sunderland

House (20th Century)

Site Name High Sunderland

Classification House (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Bernat Klein House

Canmore ID 99852

Site Number NT43SE 42

NGR NT 47346 31505

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Selkirk
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Selkirkshire

Architecture Notes

NT43SE 42 47346 31505

NT43SE 54 47376 31377 Bernat Klein Studio


Architect: Peter Womersley

Built 1957


Country Life, September 15th 1960 - article and photograph


Publication Account (1997)

These two buildings, commissioned by a Borders textile designer and mill-owner, show that Modern arcitecture could cope with planning of highly individualised buildings just as effectively as it addressed the demand for mass social production. The Klein house, one of a series which estabilished Womersley's national and international reputation, was planned in an American-inspired open manner, around features such as chimneystacks and cupboard clusters - a plan described by Womersley as 'subtractive architecture, commencing with one simple volume and breaking it down'. The demureness of the modular prefabricated-timber structure emphasised the natural grandeur of the high beech trees around it. A decade later, Womersley brought a more monumental sensibility to bear on the design of the Studio - whose refined form combines cantilevered plasticity with floating openness to the landscape.

Studio Listed by Historic Scotland, 1994. (Figs 4.1, 4.2).

Information from 'Rebuilding Scotland, 1945-75', (1997).

Sbc Note

Visibility: This is an upstanding building.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.


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