There is something truly spectacular about a coastal property. It's a combination of factors: The salt infused air, the sound of the water crashing up against the rocks, and even the sunrises and sunsets that dip and rise from the seemingly endless horizon. Set in an idyllic and magical setting, this home in Salcombe, a district of Devon in England's south west, pays full respects to the available view, all while being a stunning example of modern architectural design. An area that is known for fishing, yachting and sailing, this waterfront town is fast becoming an extremely popular tourist destination, and a coveted location in terms of property and development.
The home we are looking at today is titled the
Salcombe Pavilion. Designed by Richard Pain Architect, the property focuses all its attention on the view; drawing it inside to be with the occupants. Whether it is for daily life or for holiday purposes, the engineering and architectural feats that have taken place to build this house must be viewed in full. Let's take a look…
The view available from this angle really gives us a sense of the dialogue between the steep landscape and strict geometry of the building. Despite the bold white façade, the horizontal shape of the property helps to blend the architecture neatly into the landscape. If it were to be built upwards as opposed to outwards, the effect would have been quite different. In this instance, it matches the existing coastal properties by ever-so-gently mimicking their push-pull exteriors, with the steep pitch of the roof speaking to the building down below. It is always important to maintain the look and feel of the landscape, and we feel that both engineer and architect have gone to great lengths to ensure this.
Construction of this white geometric marvel took place over two stages. First of all, to ensure the security of the home in the rocky landscape, it required rock anchors, a structural steel frame and reinforced concrete blockwork to be installed. The second phase saw the upper storey enclosed via a series of glass windows and doors, as well as the interior fit out completed. The choice of glazing was crucial given that the spectacular view outside needed to fall high up on the proirity list. As you can see from this image, almost all surfaces are made from glass, with the extruded form pushing the building further out into the scenery below.
Of course, the occupants would feel virtually on top of the world encased inside this home. From this angle, we can see the boats in the harbour below. You are also able to get a sense of how airy and light filled the property is, and that inside and outside spaces communicate gracefully with one another. The formation of the building is not obstructive or obtrusive to the landscape at all; in fact, it is quite seamlessly integrated by the pale and minimalist exterior colour palette.
At last! We are treated to a view inside, and wow—it doesn't disappoint! The floor -to-ceiling windows soak the outside scenery into the house like a sponge, allowing the lucky occupants or guests to dine, enjoy a cup of tea, or simply marvel at Mother Nature's work. The telescope gives curious people the chance to star gaze and even watch the plethora of boats and yachts sail majestically through the harbour. The interior details have been kept to a minimum via the modern table set and lamp, but this comes as no surprise. Who needs expensive pieces of art or accessories when the very best landscape picture is right on your doorstep?
To end the tour, we finish up in the bedroom. There is a clear pattern and theme maintained both inside and outside the home, with a neutral and minimalist colour palette being employed throughout. To make the room appear cosy and warm, a fur-like throw blanket covers the bed. In rain, hail or shine, you can just imagine how wonderful it would be to enjoy this bedroom all year round. In this space, all your senses are catered to. Aural, visual and tactile sensations can be had, with the tantalising harbourside view being your best companion to wake up to, or fall asleep with.
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