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Historic ‘floating’ glass house in England asks $1.6M

Includes a walled orchard

Exterior shot of flat cubic steel-framed house with wall of windows on short stilts amid landscaped lawn.
The Wedgwood House was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House.
Photos via The Modern House

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Location: Higham, Suffolk, England

Price: £1,250,000 ($1,591,000)

Borrowing generously from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House, the Grade-II listed Wedgwood House in Suffolk was designed by architects Peter Aldington and John Craig in 1974 as a steel-framed floating glass pavilion. The 2,161-square-foot four-bedroom sits on over three acres of landscaped gardens in a vale that provides “sun” and “orientation,” according to the original owner Harold Wedgwood.

Simple and elegant, the home features wood paneling that adds warmth and substance to the otherwise light and airy interiors. Floor-length curtains offer privacy against the walls of windows that look out onto the picturesque grounds that boast apple, pear, plum, peach, and quince trees in the historic, walled orchard, and vegetable garden. Various outbuildings and a full height basement allow for ample storage.

Architectural historian had this to say about the unique property:

A compact steel pavilion located … on the edge of superb garden. The form of the house is a direct consequence of the owners wishing to live in the middle of the garden, yet retaining the fine view: hence the height above the ground, and the garden room which itself opens out into the garden. The house floats above the ground making it seem less substantial that it is.

It’s asking £1,250,000, or approximately $1,591,000.

Via: The Modern House