:The original application for the creation of this new building plot and dwelling was submitted for planning, in 2011, in conjunction with a planning application to Suffolk County Council for permission to expand St Edmund’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Bury St Edmunds as part of the Suffollk School Organisation Review (SOR). The review requires new permanent accommodation and extended school grounds to provide additional playing fields, staff parking and alternative pedestrian and cycle access. To achieve this The East Anglian Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee secured the purchase of the adjacent property called Crystal Palace and its grounds. The sub-division of the Crystal Palace eventually enabled the expansion of the school site to secure the long term presence of St Edmunds Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds and at the same time the opportunity to create an additional residential plot adjacent to the Crystal Palace. The sub-division of the grounds of Crystal Palace, will return the site close to the original proportions and boundaries that existed when the house was first commissioned in 1976.
:Historical precedents of the modern house as the exploration of structure has been well documented from the classical purity of structures like the pavilions of Miesian van der Rohe to the less dogmatic approach and pragmatism of the Case Study Houses of the post war era. That idea has informed architects ever since. Crystal Palace falls within a category that have been influenced by the later examples of the Case Study houses by Charles and Ray Eames, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koening. The prototypical ambition of the Case Study Houses is demonstrated in the open plan interiors, car ports and landscaped gardens. Floor plans, with parallel arrangement of rooms sought the pursuit of architecture through standardisation of prototype.
:The design concept for the new house picks up on the less formal contemporary lifestyle but is based on a series of courtyards, at different levels, a reinterpretation of the roman plan type concept of the Crystal Palace. A respectful and subservient dwelling is proposed that gives the impression of a ‘walled garden’, is placed and shaped to suit existing TPO tree locations and the pattern of sub-division of existing garden.
In summary, we have sought to design a solution that respects the principles of the design and landscape setting of Crystal Palace. The decision to place the new dwelling in the smaller defined area of garden to the west, ensures the ‘openness’ to the south currently enjoyed by Crystal Palace is maintained whilst the new dwelling presents itself as a positive addition to the architectural and landscape setting to this part of the town.