A home for the English adventurer

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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When holidaying away from the city, what are some of the most important aspects that we look for in the place we spend our vacation time? Views, access to nature, and comfortable, interactive spaces are some of the most important factors listed for a holiday home. Located on the shores of the Chichester harbour, this incredible home on Hayling Island, has unparalleled views and hosts some of the most incredible architectural features both inside and out. The occupants of this home are keen windsurfers, and now have a space to enjoy and improve their weekend passion. It comes as no surprise that this house by John Pardey Architects was the winner of an RIBA Southern Region Award in 2012. Take a look…

The front façade

Before we enter the home, we are first going to explore the stunning form of the property. Almost as if it were pushed and pulled, the extruded forms of the building make this holiday home a true marvel of modern English architecture. What is not apparent from this perspective, is the link between the house and the landscape and will be explored further into the ideabook.

The rear view

The extruded nature of the building is more evident from this rear angle, with the contrasts provided by the timber and white render working harmoniously together. As you will soon learn, this section of the property makes best use of the Chichester harbour; both in terms of views and accessibility. 

The kitchen

Our first view inside is of the open plan kitchen and living area. Upon first glance, it is impossible to miss the fully glazed rear wall that has been frosted to allow full light access, yet obscured enough to provide the occupants with a necessary element of privacy. The wooden details seen outside, have too, been translated into the interiors to connect the different planes together. Lined in Cedar, this is a feature that you will see evidenced in all the rooms creating a wonderful bond between each space. Simplistic in nature, the kitchen island creates an unobtrusive division of space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

The dining/living area

The clever division of the dining, living and kitchen area can be seen from this angle. The neutral, monochromatic colour palette retains a certain fluidity, helping the viewer to understand that these spaces are all interconnected in both layout and purpose. Down to the finest of details, the leather couch also matches the rich and elegant tones provided by the timber panels on the ceiling and walls. The marriage of these two colours gives an almost Nordic feel to the home, thanks to its earthy and minimalistic appeal. 

The living room

The architects have described this room as a 'camera obscura' as the expanse of horizontal cedar-lined panels creates an almost 'telescope' like effect, which frame and project the occupant out into the horizon. The floorboards are continued out to a southern facing terrace, providing an outdoor living space and sun deck for the occupants to relax. The layout of the couches cleverly divides this space from the other areas, yet its lack of partitions allow both the light and view to penetrate the spaces behind this area. Another unmissable feature is the fireplace, which propels a feeling of intimacy and warmth into this room. 

To see yet another amazing example of a seaside escape, check out the following ideabook: A house of striking contrasts.

Could you imagine living somewhere like this? Let us know your thoughts!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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