We have received planning permission for a new family dwelling in a beautiful costal setting overlooking Strangford Lough. The site benefits from spectacular views through a 270-degree sweep. Designing for a location as beautiful as this is difficult. We are not trying to do design gymnastics. We are fully considering what it is our clients want for their home and realising that through design excellence.
Our approach is based on: Awareness of landscape; A simple palette of natural materials; Subtlety; Respect for rural built forms; Withholding of views, affording glimpses on approach, finally revealing the full dramatic views; Creating wonderful internal spaces with unexpected height & light; Forming a series of differing outdoor spaces which are protected from winds but yet avail of views; Considering orientation and sun position throughout the day; Incorporating all appropriate sustainability measures to exceed all current requirements and to future-proof this new eco house.
We have included a level of richness by providing a play-loft, a second ‘short-cut’ stair which also functions as a bookcase, a study (computer) den for kids which is within view and has an eye-level slot window, creating a thickened wall that houses both indoor and outdoor fire-places (or barbeque), designing a master bedroom suite which has complete privacy, spectacular views, its own terrace, yet is adjacent to two children’s bedrooms;
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