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Aldeburgh House Suffolk

1 June 2022

Design: David Walker Architects

Location: Suffolk, south east England, UK

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property

Photos by Tim Soar

Aldeburgh House in Suffolk is one of 17 projects which received a 2022 RIBA East Award.

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk, England

Jury Report

The result of a ten-year self-confessed ‘labour of love’, this house has taken on an unpromising 1960s bungalow on the edge of Aldeburgh’s golf course and discovered in its fabric some latent intention and promise waiting to get out.

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property

The outcome had a mesmeric effect on the visiting panel – each move seems to have distilled the potential of the original house with a precision of effort that makes one think of architectural ju-jitsu. From suburban origins, the result conjures both Nordic modernist traditions as well as something of the architect’s native California, while also amplifying the unique setting of the house itself. The assured and brilliantly executed sequence of domestic internal spaces is mirrored by a set of outside ‘rooms’ with planted and raised beds as well as a workshop and garden room.

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property

Architectural strategies include working with the original window openings, but replacing the windows, stripping out the cellular interior divisions to make surprisingly generous sequence of spaces pivoting around an entrance courtyard, and removing the original roof hips to simplify the roof form and “lean it towards the surrounding rural context and away from the suburban prototypes that informed the original design”.

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property

This retrofitted dwelling has implemented the principles of a fabric-first approach to uplift its building envelope thermal performance, while a high level of renewable energy provision from photovoltaics and the use of an air source heat pump to provide heating and hot water has significantly enhanced its overall energy efficiency. The lifecycle carbon credentials of the project were presented by the implementation of circular design principles, with the reuse of the existing dwelling, as well as the reuse of its components and materials (e.g., structural timber and original clay pantiles).

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk, England – Building Information

Title: Aldeburgh House
RIBA region: East
Architect practice: David Walker Architects –
Date of completion: November 2020
Date of occupation: June 2020
Client: Confidential
Project city/town: Aldeburgh

Contract value: Confidential
Gross internal area: 245.00 m²
Net internal area: 232.00 m²
Cost per m²: Confidential
Contractor company name: Duggan Building Services


Structural Engineers: Howard Cavanna
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Green Future Energy
Landscape Architects: Bradley-Hole Schoenaich


• RIBA Regional Award

Photographs: Tim Soar

2022 RIBA East Awards Winners

David Walker Architects

Aldeburgh House, Suffolk building images / information received from the Royal Institute of British Architects

Location: Suffolk, south east England, UK

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