Situated in an idyllic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the unspoilt marshland of Suffolk, Wood Farm is an unusual and unexpected residence borne from a collection of existing farm buildings and new Modernist enclosures.
Designed by London-based Studio RHE as a family home for founder and director Richard Hywel Evans, Wood Farm sits in the demolished footprint of an old farmstead built in 1949, framed by a repurposed corrugated aircraft hangar.
The brief was to create a rigorously contemporary house that was also sustainable and sympathetic to its surroundings. The property faces south to make the most of the uninterrupted views, whilst shielding the open courtyards on either side of the building from the strong prevailing winds that whip across the landscape.
Fusing the idea of old and new, reclaimed bricks at the front give the appearance of a traditional country house, but step around to the back, and the building opens up, referencing the relaxed style of a contemporary resort, complete with a breathtaking outdoor pool.
Partially sheltered by a marble clad Modernist arch, the 18m pool features a dramatic cascading waterfall that flows in front of a beautiful pair of book matched marble slabs, finally falling into the sparkling, deep-blue pool below.
Adapted effortlessly to indoor/outdoor living, the courtyard flows seamlessly into the house through frameless glass walls and corner openings, with uninterrupted wood effect porcelain tiles providing a consistent statement.
Inside, half of the house is dedicated to a large family space, centred around an open kitchen and dining area looking out to the pool, whilst the rest serves as a guest wing comprising three bedroom suites with their own kitchen and living area.
Colossal, large format concrete-look tiles from the Ascension range delineate the kitchen area, whilst Carrera effect slabs from the Marbalite range create a clean decorative finish referencing Modernist masterpieces such as the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion.
Photography by Dirk Linder