The Gibbs Range of classical porches
The Gibbs Range of classical porches is inspired by the designs of the famous Georgian architect James Gibbs (1682-1754). Gibbs’s design handbooks about classical architecture were probably the most widely used in the eighteenth century cross the Western world. It is this rich legacy that makes Gibbs’s version of the Classical Orders the most appropriate for this new range of porch designs, being equally suitable for both new and historic buildings across Great Britain, The United States of America, and around the world. The Gibbs Range has been designed by Hugh Petter, a leading authority on classical architecture, and a design director of ADAM Architecture, one of the largest firms of traditional architects currently practicing in the world.
The Gibbs range of porches is designed to offer flexibility to architects, builders, and home owners for any situation. A simple matrix shows how the components may be combined to create a wide variety of designs, using the rules, geometry and proportions of classical architecture, to produce beautiful and original compositions. The Gibbs Range includes both elaborate and more restrained details so that the character of the porch can be finely tuned to each site. The Gibbs range is conceived around the two oldest and most widely used Orders - the Doric and Ionic. Over the centuries, generations of Classical architects have adapted the proportions of these two Orders to suit a variety of situations. The Gibbs range is rooted in this fertile tradition, and offers correctly proportioned designs at an affordable price.
James Gibbs was one of the first British architects to go to Italy. Whilst studying for the priesthood in Rome, he turned to architecture in 1704. He became a pupil of Carlo Fontana before returning to London where, with help from Sir Christopher Wren, he became one of the two surveyors to the Commissioners for Building 50 New Churches in London in 1713. His masterly design of St Mary Le Strand in London (1714-24) launched his reputation; St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square (1722-26) became the prototype for urban Anglican churches for the next century across the UK and America. Other ecclesiastical projects included Derby Cathedral (1723-5); the Mausoleum at Kirkleatham Church, Yorks (1740), and St Nicholas Church West, Aberdeen (1741-5). His prolific portfolio of secular buildings included Sudbrooke House, Petersham (c1717-20), the Senate House, Cambridge (1722-30); the Fellows Building, Kings College Cambridge (1724-49), and the Radcliffe Library, Oxford (1737-8).
Hugh Petter RIBA FRSA
After winning the Rome Scholarship in architecture twice, Hugh Petter served for 6 years as Senior Tutor at The Prince of Wales Institute in London before embarking upon his career in professional practice with ADAM Architecture. He is a trustee of the Georgian Group in London; a Member of the Council of Advisors of The Institute of Classical Architecture in New York, and is the external examiner in Conservation at The College of Estate Management in Reading. Petter enjoys an international portfolio of projects that includes bespoke new buildings; work to historic buildings; commercial housing, and urban design. He writes regularly, and lectures across the UK and overseas. Haddonstone has worked closely with Hugh Petter to ensure that this new range of classical details is designed and manufactured to the highest quality, with close attention to every detail, and comes with a package of typical details to help contractors erect the porch correctly and to a high standard.
For launch information, click here. The Gibbs Range will be launched in spring 2014. Further details will be added to this page as soon as they become available.