Houghton Hall - Norfolk, England Colen Campbell 1722
The exterior is both grand and restrained, constructed of fine-grained, silver-white stone the Gibbs-designed domes punctuate each corner. In line with Palladian conventions, the interiors are much more colourful, exuberant and opulent than the exteriors.
Colen Campbell critiques the modelling/sculptural view of architecture. He designs featured walls with windows punctured into them, instead of elaborate pilasters. With the Palladian designed houses, you can insert and remove elements while still maintaining the Palladian quality. Mereworth Castle is greatly influenced by Palladios design. The structure it is most remnant of is the Villa Rotunda as they are both four way symmetrical designs. They are similar in terms of the basic geometries and ratios. However Mereworth Castle is larger than Villa Rotunda.
It is currently owned by Mahdi Al-Tajir, the former United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United Kingdom.