Property of the week: Wedgwood House in Suffolk, UK

A Modernist glass pavilion

Wedgwood House appears to float above the landscape in leafy Suffolk.

Designed by architects Peter Aldington and John Craig – best known for Quilter House in Buckinghamshire – the Grade II-listed property was commissioned by Joan and Harold Wedgwood and built in 1974.

The duo took inspiration from the steel and glass design of Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated Farnsworth House in Illinois.

Wedgwood House sits on a four-acre plot of landscaped gardens in the Suffolk Vale, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and made famous by the paintings of John Constable.

‘We wanted sun, orientation, to live in the garden…’ said Harold Wedgwood.

The single-storey, steel-framed structure – for sale through The Modern House for £1.25m – was conceived as a ‘floating’ glass pavilion to minimise its impact on the landscape.

Wedgwood House by Aldington & Craig
Photography: The Modern House

Wedgworth House’s glazed facades look out onto lawns, mature fruit orchards and kitchen gardens.

Inside, it follows the Modernist tenet of ‘truth to materials’. Steel supports have been left exposed and wooden walls and restored maple wood flooring remain unpainted.

The open-plan living room and kitchen layout has been retained, as has much of the original cabinetry, designed specially for the property. Three bedrooms occupy the right side of the house while sweeping communal spaces fill the other.

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