Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Lighthouse 65 in Hill Head, UK by AR Design Studio
December 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AR Design Studio
“The Lighthouse” is a beachfront property on the south coast of England. It is a super insulated, luxury 3 bedroom house sitting in a beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
The site is enclosed between two neighboring buildings and a 7m high embankment to the north; of which pavement and street access sits at the top. This access, to the roof level of the property, and the one-directional view over the beach, English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south, has led to an interesting design which takes inspiration from traditional beach pavilions such as the De La Warr in Bexhill a little further along the coast.
The design concept was to maximize the building’s width, so every key room enjoys expansive views of the vista. All bathrooms and utility spaces run at the rear of the property, allowing the view to be continuous for all “living” spaces. The house sits 7 metres below road level with the roof acting as a parking deck for 3 cars. Visually the roof and floor decks are hung from the central concrete core, terminating in large cantilevers that provide shade and open-air shelter to the ground floor.
Balconies and outdoor accommodation are provided by horizontal planes carefully cantilevered from a central access tower which penetrates the roof plane; atop of which sits a frameless glass enclosure providing access and acting as a lighthouse. Lighting within this enclosure is triggered by a barometer providing instantaneous information to the beach and sea beyond. This illuminated glass cube sits on top of the concrete stair core. At night the lit glass glows to indicate local weather conditions: green when weather is fair and red when atmospheric pressure drops, warning passing yachtsmen of possible stormy conditions.
AR Design Studio is a young, highly motivated, contemporary architectural practice dedicated and passionate about delivering elegant and functional solutions to the field of modern living.
Director Andy Ramus established the practice in 2001; initially designing small bespoke extensions and furniture. This developed towards an interest in glass which saw the design of the structural glazing system used today by Glasspace Ltd; a system showcased on many AR Design Studio projects.
The practice has steadily extended its portfolio to include several one-off houses and a range of commercial refurbishment and new build schemes at the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds. These works include ” The Boat House”; winner of the Daily Telegraph “Small House of the Year Award”, and a private house in Hamble Marina being shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Download Award. This has led to extensive local and national press coverage including The Sunday Mail, The Sunday Times, Hello Magazine and Grand Design Magazine.
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