Gothic meets modernity at this unique Suffolk home, which combines a grade II-listed folly with a glass addition by architect Hugh Pilkington.
The lodge was constructed in 1806 by architect James Wyatt in the grounds of Rendlesham Hall, demolished in 1871. Though the estate is long gone, the folly was revived as part of the award-winning Woodbridge Lodge in the 1990s.
Pilkington joined the Gothic-style structure – which features flying buttresses and crenellations on its stone exterior– to a hexagonal-plan Garden Building via a long glazed tunnel that curves around the site.
To marry old with new, the architect borrowed elements from the folly in his design, adding long lancet windows that echo those on the older structure. Interiors are minimal with bare floorboards, lashings of white paint, and vast expanses of glazing that bring in natural light.
The three-bedroom Suffolk property comes with two acres of land and is listed with The Modern House for £700,000. Some elements of the impressive home will need some TLC, however. Woodbridge Lodge is currently the owner’s second home, and the glazing needs some attention.