The Studio


Architect: Sanei Hopkins Architects Ltd

Main Contractor: Hills Building Group

Joinery Company: Constructional Timber Manufacturers Ltd

Wood Supplier: Constructional Timber Manufacturers Ltd

Engineered Timber Flooring: Edwards Cheshire Co. Ltd

Species: European Whitewood/Spruce and Glulam, PEFC

Location: Aldeburgh

Photography credits: © Peter Landers

Overlooking the Alde Estuary, The Studio replaces a 1960’s house which had reach the end of its service life.

With its pure timber structure, façade, framing, linings, flooring and fire treated Larch cladding, the design leans heavily on traditional buildings from the Tudor period and the pioneering modernist work by the likes of Walter Segal. It further evolves the tradition of building clear, economic, simple, rigorous, and sustainable structures.

This three-storey timber framed house employs an all-glass triple glazed elevation which allows it to take full advantage of the views of the estuary. A glulam skeleton sheathed in OSB provides lateral stability along with airtightness. The external walls utilise an innovative split stud arrangement for improved u-values and the cladding has been coordinated to express the primary and secondary framing to provide clues to building construction. The joists support a 100mm concrete floor to add thermal mass and aid the internal temperature fluctuations in the house.

As a result of these measures, and despite the all glass façade, the house achieves an energy Efficiency Rating of 95%.