Brick House

James Gorst Architects, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 2012


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  • First floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • North elevation    
  • Brick Specials    
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House composed of two brick volumes connected by a glazed link

A single, narrow window at the floating first floor punctures the public brick facades to the street. While 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.


  • Begun: Mar 2011
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 350m2
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: JCT SBC traditional procurement
  • Address: Aldeburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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