£1.25million Tree House will be ‘lasting tribute’ to Bury St Edmunds architect Mark Savin ‘taken too young’
PUBLISHED: 15:14 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 21 March 2017
An iconic grand design is set to be built in Suffolk as a “fitting and lasting” tribute to the talented young architect behind the plans, who died suddenly in his home four months ago.
Mark Savin, from Bury St Edmunds, designed the £1.25million ‘Tree House’ before he collapsed and died at his home in November 2016, and now his building is set to come to fruition.
The house, set in one acre of historic woodland near Great Barton, has been granted planning permission and will be built by Bakers Construction, before going on the market with Bedfords estate agents.
Mrs Savin, 37, said: “Myself and Mark’s family are incredibly proud and pleased that Mark’s legacy will live on in this project.
“He was such a talented architect and I am happy he was able to work in a job that he loved and his work and designs will all live on.”
Originally from Chelmsford, Mr Savin set up his own firm, Infinity Architects, with friend of 16 years Aoife O’Gorman in 2014.
She said: “Mark always said if he won the lottery that the Tree House would be the house he would build himself. It was one of those special projects and he threw himself into it.”
Mark lived with his wife Sarah in Bury and was president of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in Suffolk and President Elect of RIBA in the Eastern Region at the time of his death.
Bedfords partner Emmerson Dutton said: “The Tree House will be a fitting tribute to Mark and his work. It’s a unique and individual home which will be a lasting legacy to a remarkable man.
“He was a gifted and talented architect, passionate about his projects, as well as his TVR sports car and the Danish toy bricks, Lego. His memory will live on in this building, which is now on the point of construction.”
The Tree House will be a three storey property, covered externally with cherry wood cladding, and with views of the historic woodland from all sides.
Mr Dutton said: “The brief for The Tree House was clear from the outset – to ensure the house owner was lost amongst the outstanding woodland plot with every view from the living accommodation forming part of the canopy of ancient trees.”
Mr Savin, who had been with Sarah since 2002, spent the year up to his death living life to the full, after he nearly died following a mountain-biking crash in 2015.
Mr Dutton added: “Mark Savin was a kind and gifted individual who was taken from us far too soon. But his vision will live on in this stunning property which when finished will not only be one of the most incredible in Suffolk, but also the whole of the UK.”