The traditional form, features and elements are important to the existing streetscape and form an underlying design strategy. The proposals seek to interpret these features in a contemporary manner that gives cognisance to the existing Tudor style building that it joins on to.
The front façade is pierced by openings that are informed by the streetscape in which a contemporary bay window is formed to the ground floor office with a single window above to the bedroom.
The roof to the main element is designed to sit above the sandstone façade to form a clerestory like window which adds interest from the exterior but also forms a beautiful feature into the double height bedroom and lounge at first floor level.
Joining the main element and the Tudor style property is the largely glazed atrium space. With the access, again informed by the proportions of the former access to the property, fully glazed, views into the house to the glazed stair and right through to the sea will form a dramatic and grand entrance. It will also allow a glimpse through to the sea from the street.
To the rear more glazing is added to take in the stunning seafront views. The ground floor bedroom is provided with a nice dimension through the contemporary oriel window, acting as a window seat where one can read or contemplate with the sea views. To the first floor a terrace is formed which is accessed from the living space.
The client has Parkinson's disease so the full house is designed with large hallways and doorways. Every level is accessible with the inclusion of a lift, from the first floor living space to the wine cellar in the basement.