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The Contemporary Long House, England

London-based design studio Hopkins Architects has designed the Long House project for Living Architecture. Completed in 2011, this contemporary two-storey holiday home can be found in the village of Cockthorpe in Norfolk, England.

According to the architects: “The Living Architecture organisation has built a series of modern buildings of extraordinary architectural interest and beauty throughout the UK. We were approached to design a signature rentable holiday home on the edge of a quiet village along the North Norfolk coast. The contemporary British house is inspired by the grand yet intimate flint buildings that are prevalent in the local area and it draws additional inspiration from the flat and expansive surrounding landscape that includes fields, marshes, and tidal rivers.

“The ground floor of this contemporary English property is encased in an elegant enclosure of two parallel flint walls. Here, two intimate outdoor spaces are included onto which the interior spaces open. This floor is largely open-plan and includes dedicated areas for a large kitchen and dining room, gallery hall, sitting room and one of the house’s five bedrooms. The first floor opens up, with timber structural mullions allowing for wide areas of glazing to facilitate dramatic views to the surrounding countryside. Four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are present on this level below the roof, a graceful assemblage of timber and steel cable-tied trusses on the interior and standing-seam zinc on the exterior.”

Images courtesy of Charles Hosea.


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 1, 2012 | Property | View comments

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