House in Suffolk

A distinctive design that harmoniously blends the charm of Georgian architecture with contemporary sophistication. The decision to create an entirely new residence featuring contrasting architectural styles reflects the client’s desire for a seamless integration of traditional living, showcased through elegant sash windows, and a modern, uplifting family and kitchen space that embraces the scenic views of Constable country.

The resulting structure, resembling both a main house and an ‘extension,’ successfully accomplishes this vision. The main house, crafted in gault brickwork with dentil corbelling, boasts white timber sash windows, and a Welsh slate roof. This classic facade is juxtaposed by an angled and lower wing constructed with flint, timber, and zinc, featuring expansive areas of glazing.

The family kitchen wing stands out as a generously proportioned, open-plan space with high-level glazing at each end. A surprising ridge light spans the entire length, connecting the indoor space with the outside environment. Y-shaped feature columns positioned at each end not only support long glulam beams and the roof but also cleverly conceal the silicon joins in the frameless glazing, creating the illusion of completely open ends. This design element allows the roof and walls to seemingly float, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the dwelling.










SJCC Craftsmanship Award 2023