Private House, Suffolk

RIBA Regional Awards 2014: East

Private House, Suffolk
Private House, Suffolk · Credit: Alex Franklin

Private House, Suffolk
James Gorst Architects for a private client
GIA 338m2

There’s something quite Aalto-esque about this family home set into an inconspicuous lane of houses in a Suffolk village, but it takes a certain confidence in both massing and detailing to produce a home that’s effectively  just two brick boxes, and to carry it off with panache. 

The simplicity of the plan reflects the clarity of needs of the occupants, with one box containing the kitchen and family room, and the other a large living room with bedrooms above. Simple forms, sophisticated visual and spatial connections create subtle drama across the courtyard space.

Of course, the success or failure of such monolithic projects tends to rest on the quality of detailing, and here the choice of brick gives the facade a subtle texture; the window openings, parapets and metal cladding system all deftly managed as if to appear effortless.