The Long House by Hopkins Architects, sited in the hamlet of Cockthorpe in the flat expanses of north Norfolk, is designed upon the principal of “grand yet domestic” architecture found amongst the region’s churches and barns. Two traditionally crafted flint walls are the most striking feature of the house whilst inside the timber and steel cable-tied trusses that form the vast pitch roof are characteristic of the high technology found throughout Hopkins’ buildings. This intricate roof structure is visible from the large double height central gallery, which links four bedrooms and bathrooms and is looked over by the upper gallery with views out across the North Sea. With its combination of local craft and contemporary design the architects aim to “achieve a house that is of its region, in terms of form and materials, built to the best sustainable practice, with an enduring quality that is also, unmistakably, of its own time.”
The English practice Hopkins Architects, led by husband and wife Michael and Patty Hopkins, have developed an internationally recognisable brand of modernism, which includes their self-designed house and studio in Hampstead, North London. In 2011 Hopkins have been commended with three RIBA awards; their Olympic Velodrome shared the top trophy at the New London Awards, and Sir Michael Hopkins was honoured with a special recognition at Architect’s Journal’s AJ100 awards for his contribution to the profession.
The Hopkins’ Long House located in Norfolk is the fourth house to be designed for Living Architecture, established in 2010 by Alain de Botton to enhance the appreciation of modern architecture through a first hand experience of “eating, sleeping, and living” in a modern house. The Long House can accommodate groups of up to ten people and will be available to rent from November 2011 for periods of up to one week.
Image: Hopkins Architects. The Long House. Courtesy Hopkins Architects and Living Architecture
Text by Danielle Hewitt