BURLINGTON TASTEFULLY ADORNS BESPOKE SUGAR CUBE HOME
A spectacular and bespoke family home dubbed ‘the giant modernist sugar cube’ by Grand Designs’ acclaimed presenter, Kevin McCloud, has at its heart a striking and free standing living room wall that is clad entirely in Burlington’s Broughton Moor natural stone.
Providing warmth and individuality to the double height living space which, like the whole house itself, is almost entirely white, the wall of Burlington mid green stone was the brainchild of owners, commercial architect Martin Pease and his wife, Katherine. As Martin comments: “I had used Burlington’s Broughton Moor stone on a commercial project and knew that it would be an ideal medium for our own family home. It is a very tactile material and one which serves to complement the overall open plan and minimalist layout on which the house has been designed.”
Bringing emphasis too and cantilevering the staircase that deploys the use of sheets of toughened glass that sweep up the stairs and run the length of the gallery, the stone clad wall with lighter seams is finished in honed Broughton Moor stone that has been laid in horizontal bands that are consistent in width but random in length.
For added continuity, the same Burlington material also features to the rear wall of the master bedroom, which has been cleverly integrated into the design to sit on a mezzanine above, but unusually open to, the huge downstairs living space.
Created out of a steel and timber frame superstructure, the front of the house features a stark white wall perforated with deep cut windows which jetty out to create extra upstairs space. The Burlington stone clad wall, however, is visible through the building’s coup-de-gras at the rear – a huge wall of glass that serves to connect the interior with the garden.
Complete with four bedrooms, all en suite and which connect to the outside world via glass walls that at a flick of a switch turn opaque, Martin and his wife Katherine have created a beautifully bespoke dream home that has been properly built with a simple palette of luxurious materials. And who best to sum up the project than Kevin himself, who so eloquently branded the end result ‘A sort of white shiny PVC-clad dominatrix of a house. Uncompromising, expensive and very seductive.’