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On the market: Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey

Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey
Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey

Not exactly a household name, but according to the write-up, Adolf Rading, who designed this midcentury modernist four-bedroomed house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey, is certainly an interesting chap.

Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey
Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey

In brief, he was a was a German architect of the Neues Bauen (New Building)period, who fled Nazi Germany, moving to France, then Israel and from 1950, to Britain. This was one of his designs, probably from the early 1960s – the date isn’t clear, but it does look like that era.

In what’s described as a sought after area, the house offers an entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, four bedrooms, family bathroom, en-suite shower room to main bedroom, a raised garden terrace, two balconies and two single garages. The less said about the modern conservatory, the better.

Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey
Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey

But on the flipside, there are lots of sought-after period features here, judging by the images. Some lovely built-in rosewood units, a rather cool window seat and those balconies to name just a few. Some very tasty furnishings in there too.

The area has probably pushed up the price a good bit, so £850,000 is the asking price. Here’s hoping the new owner does a sympathetic renovation.

Find out more at the Rightmove website

Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey
Adolf Rading-designed modernist Fifth Acre house in Claygate, Esher, Surrey
  • Sharon Everest

    Doesn’t offer much in the way of kerb appeal!

  • Peter Blundell Jones

    Rading was an important German architect of the 1920s and member of the avant-garde, teaching at the Breslau Kunstakademie and operating in partnership with Hans Scharoun, the major post-war architect who built the Berlin Philharmonie. Rading built a radically open-plan house at the Weissenhofsiedlung at Stuttgart in 1927 (unfortunately among those destroyed) and a progressive block of flats at the 1929 Werkbund Exhibition in Breslau, now Wroclaw in Poland. He appears in Adolf Behne’s book Der neue Zweckbau and there was a short monograph on him published by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 1970. As far as I know nobody has researched his English work which started in 1950, but from the photos I have seen it is modest and restrained. Since he died in 1957 this house is presumably earlier than assumed. He built others in Tadworth and Epsom.