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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Long House in Cockthorpe, Norfolk by Hopkins Architects

June 22nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hopkins Architects

A house singularly responsive to local materials and vernacular forms and inspired by the best lessons of Modernism.

“People find modern spaces very exciting and I thought what could be better for a holiday house than an exciting space?” – Patty Hopkins

The Long House

  • Architects: Hopkins Architects
  • Project: The Long House
  • Location: Cockthorpe, Norfolk, UK
  • Contractor: O Seaman & Son Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Quantity Surveyors: Boyden Group LLP
  • M&E: ZEF Ltd
  • Clerk of Works: Steve Foot, Techs Project Management

The Long House

Living Architecture partners at The Long House:
* Kitchen appliances provided by Miele UK
* Kitchen equipment provided by David Mellor Design
* Bed linen by Peter Reed luxury linen

Interior View

On the edge of the quiet village of Cockthorpe in Norfolk, lies The Long House, created by two of the great modernists of British architecture, Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins.  They describe their creation thus: “The design of the Long House is inspired by the classic characteristics of the simple, yet grand scale, flint walled barns and churches of North Norfolk. We hope 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, unmistakeably, of its own time.”

Interior View

The Long House gives out onto the flat, almost prairie-like expanses of the Norfolk landscape. From the upper level there are generous views over the saltmarshes and creeks of the North Sea coast. The house is distinctive for its massive and traditionally crafted flint wall, which references the ancient churches and barns of the area.  A great medieval-style hall runs right through the middle of the house, which is capped with a vast timber roof, reinforced with steel cabling and trusses.  A two-way fireplace in the living area allows one to see through to the adjoining room.

Exterior View

Michael and Patty Hopkins identified closely with the project’s aspiration: to enable the public to experience ‘living, eating and sleeping’ in a modern, thoughtfully designed environment, as opposed to the transient activity of passing through exciting new airports or visiting a sleek museum. Having always lived and worked in buildings of their own design, they are strong advocates of the experience.

Exterior View

Hopkins Architects

Hopkins Architects have been at the forefront of British architecture since the practice was established in 1976. Their track record for delivering buildings of the highest architectural excellence, combining innovative design, craft, and environmental responsibility, has been the key to their continuing success.  Their work has been widely acclaimed by both architects and the public alike and their projects have won most major architectural awards. Apart from their large portfolio of projects in the UK, in recent years their international work has increased with projects in Greece, Japan, Dubai, India and the USA. The firm works from a self-designed campus in Marylebone, London.

Outer View

Outer View

Outer View

Outer View

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One Response to “The Long House in Cockthorpe, Norfolk by Hopkins Architects”

  1. Astatikachew Belihu says:

    so nice

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