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post updated 2 December 2022

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2 Dec 2022
Bury St Edmunds Home in RIBA House of the Year 2022
Stone Cottage in Bury St Edmunds is one of the next two homes to be shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2022:
RIBA House of the Year 2022 Winners

16 Nov 2022
Gainsborough’s House
Design: ZMMA
Gainsborough’s House Suffolk, art gallery
photo © Hufton+Crow
Gainsborough’s House Suffolk
Gainsborough’s House, the childhood home of one of Britain’s most important artists, opens to the public on Monday 21 November 2022 following a transformational redevelopment to create an international centre for Thomas Gainsborough, and the largest gallery in Suffolk. The opening displays will present the world’s most comprehensive collection of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), telling the full story of the artist’s life and work, as well as showcasing the widespread influence he had on his contemporaries, and succeeding generations.

4 June 2022
Sutton Hoo Buildings, Woodbridge
Design: Nissen Richards Studio, Architects
Sutton Hoo buildings, Woodbridge, Suffolk tower
photo : Gareth Gardner
Sutton Hoo Buildings, Woodbridge
With a visitor centre completed less than two decades ago (van Heyningen + Hayward Architects 2003), ‘what more does Sutton Hoo possibly need?’, you might ask: well, it needed a tower, and now it has one, in this extremely brave piece of commissioning by the National Trust, who detected a lack in the visitors’ ability to appreciate and comprehend this deeply significant historical landscape.

3 June 2022
Stone Cottage, Bury St Edmunds
Design: Haysom Ward Miller Architects
Stone Cottage Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk house
photo : Richard Fraser
Stone Cottage Bury St Edmunds
The jury were delighted with this architect’s family house, crafted with modest resources and a degree of self-build, but creating a characterful, poetic new lease of life for a former four-room labourer’s cottage. A crumbly flint-walled cottage has been stabilised and retained and new elements have been sewn onto the original rooms, opening up the house to incredible views to the surrounding landscape that it formerly turned its back upon.

1 June 2022
Aldeburgh House
Design: David Walker Architects
Aldeburgh House, Suffolk property
photo : Tim Soar
Aldeburgh House
Aldeburgh House in Suffolk is one of 17 projects which received a 2022 RIBA East Award. 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.

1 June 2022
NW2 Participation Building and Theatre Square, Ipswich
Design: WGP Architects
NW2 Participation Building and Theatre Square, Ipswich
photo : Shaun Barber
NW2 Participation Building and Theatre Square

11 Jan 2022
Wood Farm
Architects: Studio RHE
Wood Farm Suffolk England
photo : Dirk Lindner
Wood Farm in Suffolk
An unusual combination of existing farm buildings and Modernist style enclosures, Wood Farm in Suffolk is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see. The brief was to create a rigorously contemporary house that is also both sustainable and sympathetic to it’s surroundings.

19 Jun 2019
Five Acre Barn B&B, Aldeburgh
Design: Blee Halligan Architects
New Aldeburgh Property

26 May 2018
RIBA East Awards Winners 2018
Five Acre Barn, Suffolk, by Blee Halligan
Suffolk Buildings Five Acre Barn property
photo © Sarah Blee
RIBA East Awards Winners 2018

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Suffolk Buildings 2017

22 Dec 2017
Broomhill Pool in Ipswich

21 May 2017
Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, Potash Farm, Walsham le Willows – A RIBA East Awards Winner in 2017
Design: Walters & Cohen Architects
Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre Suffolk
photo © Dennis Gilbert – VIEW
Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre
This exquisite building for meditation is found in the midst of the Suffolk countryside. Although predominantly inward facing around courtyards it connects to the landscape beyond with views from shared communal rooms and bedrooms much as a monastic settlement might. It is a perfect setting for a Buddhist Centre.

21 May 2017
Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh, Suffolk – A RIBA East Awards Winner in 2017
Design: Mole Architects
Marsh Hill by Mole Architects
photo © David Butler
Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh
A contemporary house making a bold architectural statement on a sensitive site overlooking the River Alde estuary. The house is linear in form with a sweeping zinc roof that twists and rises from east to west. The highest point of the roof is seen at arrival dropping as the land rises at the entrance lobby thereby giving a welcoming and low scale domestic entry within the north wall.

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Suffolk Buildings 2006 to 2016

18 Oct 2016
Snape Maltings Concert Hall Building

24 Sep 2016
Contemporary Farmhouse in Great Bealings, near Woodbridge
Design: Plan Bureau, architects
Contemporary Farmhouse in Great Bealings
image : Anna Marinenko, 3d renderer
The architectural concept involved reconstruction of two existing barns and designing a new barn-style residential building forming a contemporary and at the same time traditional farmhouse area. Emphasis is put on lightness in proportions, balance between glazed surfaces and bearing structures, dialog between house interior and nature.

page updated 20 Sep 2016
Country House, Easton
Design: Jerry Tate Architects
Country House in Suffolk
image from Jerry Tate Architects
Country House in Suffolk
Jerry Tate Architects has received planning for a 500m2 country house on a greenfield site in Easton, Suffolk. The contemporary design integrates the building and landscape in both form and function. The form of the house is inspired by the shape and structure of a sycamore seed, and the building links physically with the proposed parkland to achieve a co-dependent self-sufficiency in terms of energy, water and food. This functionality is a traditional part of county house design, reinterpreted for 21st Century requirements.

21 Sep 2016
Balancing Barn, Thorington
Design: MVRDV
Balancing Barn by MVRDV in Suffolk
photo : Living Architecture
Balancing Barn Suffolk

22 Jun 2016
Black Barn, off-grid Paragraph 55 country home in Suffolk
Design: Studio Bark
Black Barn
image from architect
Black Barn in Suffolk

26 Jan 2016
Broad Street House

29 Mar 2015
Living Architecture Houses

13 Dec 2011
Residence near Aldeburgh
Design: Strom Architects
New House in Suffolk
rendering : Peter Guthrie
House in Suffolk near Aldeburgh
The site is located in Suffolk two miles inland from Aldeburgh, and lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site itself forms part of an overall land ownership of 2.5ha surrounded by agricultural land.

2 Aug 2011
Energy-from-Waste Building
Design: Grimshaw, Architects
Energy-from-Waste Facility Suffolk
image from Grimshaw
Energy-from-Waste Building
Planning permission for the 269,000 tonnes per year facility at Great Blakenham near Ipswich was granted today and earlier this month the Environment Agency issued the necessary draft permit for the site – effectively giving SITA UK the green light to proceed. Building work is due to start later this year and the plant should be open by December 2014.

Apex, Arc, Bury St Edmunds
Design: Hopkins Architects
Apex Arc, Bury St Edmunds Building, Suffolk interior design
photo © Morley von Sternberg
Apex, Arc
The retail-led route to the regeneration of our historic towns requires civic leadership, strong architects and the right choice of development partner. Here at Bury St Edmunds all are in evidence.

Bavent House, Reydon
Hudson Architects
Bavent House, Reydon Property, Southwold
photo © James Brittain
Bavent House
The success of Grand Designs has spawned a new generation of would-be housebuilders who are prepared to fight the planners to create their dream homes in idyllic rural settings. This new tradition, without any hint of pastiche, can be proudly passed on to future generations.

Key Suffolk building

Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich
Foster + Partners

Suffolk Buildings

Architectural Designs, alphabetical:

Ballington Bridge over River Stour, Sudbury
Brookes Stacey Randall

Clay Fields – affordable housing
Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects
Suffolk Housing, Clay Fields Affordable Homes
photograph : Nick Kane
Clay Fields Suffolk housing
Clay Fields consists of 26 affordable homes – nine three-bed houses, 13 two-bed and four one-bed flats for local people. It combines contemporary design, sustainable construction with low energy use and innovative local materials.

Dune House, Thorpeness
Architects:Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects
The Dune House Suffolk
image from Living Architecture
Dune House
Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture concept allows people to find out what it is like to live in a fine piece of architecture, albeit for just a few days. While enjoying a pleasant holiday they might be taking their first steps to becoming clients themselves.

Felixstowe Apartments
Allies and Morrison
Felixstowe Apartments, Suffolk homes
image from architects
Felixstowe Apartments
Architects Allies and Morrison have just released the first images of a cliff top residential scheme at the heart of the Felixstowe Conservation area. The new buildings, an 8-storey and a 7-storey building housing 21 and 16 apartments respectively, are boldly contemporary and designed to make an important contribution both historically and architecturally to the thriving seaside town.

Greene King Brewery – Draught Beer Cellars, Bury St Edmunds
Hopkins Architects

Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds
Hopkins Architects

The Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
John Lyall Architects
The Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich interior
photograph : Morley von Sternberg
The Jerwood DanceHouse
Cranfields Mill, the site of the Jerwood DanceHouse, sits on the north side of the Orwell in Ipswich, to the south of the town centre. Until ten years ago, it was a working flourmill, receiving grain cultivated in the great East Anglia bread basket, milling it, and sending it out across the world in ships that came up the estuary to the port at Ipswich.

Martello Tower Y
Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design
Martello Tower Y

Poplar Cottage, Walberswick
Dow Jones Architects
Suffolk Home, Walberswick house
image from architects practice
Walberswick Suffolk property
Poplar Cottage is a small house on The Green in Walberswick built in the early 1920s. Over the past eighty years a number of piecemeal extensions had resulted in a peculiar internal organisation that cut the house off from its garden.

Power Station, Eye

Lifschutz Davidson Architects

Snape Maltings Campus Buildings
Haworth Tompkins
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
photograph : Philip Vile
Snape Maltings Building
Snape Maltings, the home of the annual Aldeburgh festival in Suffolk. The late Derek Sugden oversaw the work on the innovative concert hall, which was opened to much acclaim in 1967, reports The Guardian.

Studlands park, Newmarket
Ralph Erskine Architect

Sutton Hoo Museum & Vistior Centre, Woodbridge
Van Heyningen and Haward

Theatre Royal Refurbishment, Bury St Edmunds
Levitt Bernstein

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
William Wilkins

University Campus Suffolk building, Ipswich Architecture Competition win
University Campus Suffolk College building
image from architects practice
Suffolk College building
Plans for the second phase of development at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) were unveiled at the University’s striking new £31 million Waterfront Building. Turner and Townsend, who led the team for the Waterfront Building with RMJM as lead consultant and architect, revealed the blueprints for phase two at a special event also attended by senior figures from the University and Ipswich Borough Council.

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Contemporary Suffolk building – Greene King Brewery: Hopkins Architects

Own house and studios, converted mill, Great Shelford, England
Leslie Martin

Architect Basil Spence died in 1976 in Eye, Suffolk; he was buried at Thornham Parva, Suffolk

Ipswich Buildings

Major 20th Century Suffolk building: Willis Faber & Dumas architect – Norman Foster of Foster + Partners

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