Bury St Edmunds, UK
Crystal Palace is a house in Bury St Edmunds, designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins in 1978. Over the years it has seen a number of alterations including the addition of a new bedroom, the glazing over of the original central courtyard and the rearrangement of the internal rooms. The new owners were looking to preserve the spirit of this original and seminal building, without compromising on functionality.
Our approach has been to understand the nature of the construction and the vision of ‘high tech’ to give clues as how to make interventions. The new layout celebrates the sense of space and the views by placing the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility room along the north elevation and leaving the remainder of the plan predominantly open. This zone of cellular accommodation is then covered by a bookcase creating a long library wall. A new open plan kitchen is mirrored on the other side of the covered courtyard by a study area.
AJ Retrofit Awards
31 December 2015
We are very excited to be featured on the first ever Dezeen Hotlist! An index of the 400 hottest architects, designers, brands, events and more over the past year.
Crystal Palace has been shorted for the AJ Retrofit Awards in the house below £250k category.
Crystal Palace in Bury St Edmunds makes the AJ Cover, with an article inside by our very own James Soane. Download the article from our press section.
Our recently completely refurbishment of Crystal Palace in Bury St Edmunds has just been photographed.
Our sensitive alteration and refurbishment of a 1978 'high-tech" home in Bury St Edmunds is now underway.