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Latitude: 51.9695 / 51°58'10"N
Longitude: 0.8417 / 0°50'29"E
OS Eastings: 595297
OS Northings: 233926
OS Grid: TL952339
Mapcode National: GBR RKS.HM6
Mapcode Global: VHKFK.JRTK
Entry Name: Maltings Chase
Listing Date: 4 October 2007
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1392267
English Heritage Legacy ID: 494030
Location: Nayland-with-Wissington, Babergh, Suffolk, CO6
Civil Parish: Nayland-with-Wissington
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Nayland St James
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
NAYLAND WITH WISSINGTON
922/0/10068 BURES ROAD
04-OCT-07 Maltings Chase
Private house and carport/store, 1967-8 by Edward Cullinan for the Knox family, friends of the architect.
Load-bearing buff brick walls with exposed hemlock spruce joists resting on concrete beams. Windows have wooden frames, opening components set in aluminium frames. They are now double or secondary glazed, but remain within original frames. The pivoting front door and large sliding door to the external garden room/playroom are of diagonally boarded. The floors are reinforced concrete: an in-situ slab in the link block, suspended planks in the wings. The flat roofs are felted and gravelled. The roof of the link was originally grassed, like the ramp, but is now covered with felt and gravel. There are two small brick chimneys, concealed from view on the roof. The Courtyard is paved with second hand Suffolk bricks.
The single storey detached house has an elongated U-shaped plan, open on the north side, partially enclosing a courtyard. Parents' and children's wings are to the east and west respectively, joined by a communal link block along the south side containing dining room, kitchen, cloakroom and utility. The house is entered through this link, principal and kitchen entrances to the left and right respectively of a grassed asymmetrically splayed ramp in the courtyard, which leads to the roof of the link, and contains storage. The south ends of both wings; adults living room and playroom, have projections of differing length beyond the link block. Each wing is broken by a passage, providing additional access from the garden to the entrance courtyard and removing the carport/store and a second garden room / playroom to the east and west respectively from the main body of the house. The roof is continuous over the west wing, but is interrupted on the east wing, so that the carport/store forms a separate building. In the parents' wing, the living room has a gallery/studio reached directly from the master bedroom, or via stairs from the living room. A narrow corridor along the west side of the wing leads to three bedrooms and a bathroom. In the children's wing, past the playroom, a corridor along the east side leads to three bedrooms (originally four) and a bathroom. The corridor has direct access to the external covered passage at its north end and the garden room / playroom beyond. The site slopes from north to south, so steps connect the various levels, between the link block and wings and from the entrance lobby down to the living room.
The wings have deeply overhanging eaves on all sides, the lower link block more simply finished with a continuous concrete lintel. The brick work is bevelled at the window sills and wall tops. The principal, and tallest, façade is to the south. The double height living room and playroom projections have tall windows on all three sides, bisected with concrete beams. The lower link block lies between, with a narrow strip of windows. The link and playroom both have glazed doors on to the garden. From the rear the house lies low due to the slope of the site. The blank north end walls have high level windows. In the courtyard, the grass ramp over the link block creates a sense of the house emerging from the ground. The walls of the wings convey privacy, with narrow strips of windows.
Inside, walls are rendered and painted white, the concrete structure painted grey. Ceilings in the wings are largely wooden boarding with prominent hemlock joists, and are rendered in the link. Floors are carpeted in the wings, wooden in the living room, cork in playroom, white clay tiles in the link. Living areas are open plan, bedrooms more private. The principal space is the double-height living room, with a suspended wooden gallery/study above an open fire place.
This is one of a series of important domestic commissions, early in Cullinan's professional practice, reflecting his modernist and arts and crafts influences, and his buildings' dynamic relationship with the landscape. He had already built one house for the Knox family in 1963-4 (now much altered and extended) and designed this house for their expanding family on an adjacent site. It is a bold and innovative house in a more formal, classical style than Cullinan's own house in 62 Camden Mews. It was planned around a particular family brief requiring independence for adults and children. It is an excellent, intact survival.
Architectural Review, March 1971 pp.188 -90.
Kenneth Powell, Edward Cullinan Architects, London: Academy Editions, 1995.
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