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Brick House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk by James Gorst Architects

The house refers to an idiom of international modernism adopted by the seaside resorts of Britain, says architect James Gorst

The architect’s view

Formally, the house refers to an idiom of international modernism adopted by the seaside resorts of Britain, though distinguished through its palette of materials. The two brick volumes of the house - one grounded, one floating - are a
pure celebration of the handmade product, crafted 50 miles inland to the west.

A single, narrow window at the floating first floor punctures the public brick facades to the street. By contrast, at ground level, a ribbon of factory-formed anodised aluminium panels and glazing offers views straight through the house to the private courtyard and gardens beyond.

Arranged as two boxes connected by a glazed link, one side allows for the everyday operations of family life - a kitchen, dining and living room - while the remainder of the house accommodates a master bedroom suite and a large private drawing room. The first-floor volume houses guest and children’s bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

  • James Gorst, principal, James Gorst Architects

Project data

Start on site March 2011
Completion June 2012
Gross internal floor area 350m²
Procurement JCT SBC traditional procurement
Construction cost Confidential
Client Confidential
Structural engineer Built Engineers
M&E consultant Freeman Beesley
Quantity surveyor Castons
Main contractor Elliston Steady and Hawes
CAD software used Vectorworks 2010
Annual CO2 emissions 21.4kg/m²

Specified products

Handmade brick

The Bulmer Brick and Tile Company

Suffolk Red Tudor facing brick

Hydraulic lime mortar

Lime Technology

Anodised pressed aluminium panels cladding and copings

KME Architectural Solutions

Anodised sliding windows

Fineline Aluminium

Linoleum sheet floor

Armstrong DLW Colorette PUR 137-052

Wool carpet

Supreme Bouclé 249-05

Natural concrete pavers

Marshalls Saxon

Bathroom tiles

Johnson Tiles

Internal door handle


D-line 14mm ‘L’ shape lever handle


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