[Alban] Patrick Gwynne
Alban Patrick Gwynne (1913 - 2003), architect. Gwynne began work in Wells Coates's office for two years, while designing a new house for his parents. The Homewood replaced a rambling Victorian house, using the profits of made by his parents from the sale of their Welsh estate. Coates advised on technical matters, and Denys Lasdun, another of Coates's assistants, designed the terrace pool. The Homewood is an exceptional Modern Movement house, which acknowledges Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat House. His parents lived for one year in the house, but both died early during the Second World War, so in 1946 he remodelled the house for himself. After his death in 2003 The Homewood became administered and maintained on behalf of the National Trust by a tenant. Following the war Gwynne gained a reputation for restaurant design, most notably, in 1964, he designed the Serpentine Restaurant in Hyde Park. Although it was demolished in 1990, the smaller Dell Restaurant and terrazzo still overlooks the Serpentine.