Evolving Design by John Lewis
Working with our extreme coastal weather and designing for a growing family this clean, angular edged home is an excellent example of what’s possible through a close collaboration between client, architect and builder.
Architect John Lewis has successfully designed a warm home based on function and adaptability that’s necessary for an active family.
Lewis gives an insight into this project:
What was your brief?
A sophisticated, evolving beach house based on offering a long-term home that caters for the requirements of a growing young family into adulthood. Make the most of the ocean vistas and natural light that evolves through the day. Control harsh western sun and provide a sheltered from our harsh winds. Strong indoor and outdoor connection. Use of timber where practical (being mindful of maintenance) as the client is the owner of a timber company.
What influenced the shape and flow of the buildings?
The site naturally produces some interesting interconnecting angles and the form of the building naturally inspired and expresses these.
The build and materials were heavily influenced by the function of the various elements.
The basement houses vehicle and storage which frees up the ground floor to maximise indoor and outdoor living.
A south-west facing zinc clad recessed box leans towards the ocean vistas while the horizontal slit breaks up the form and enables south facing highlight views to be obtained from the upper living area.
The dado finished concrete wrap around cantilevered awning is a result of the obtuse angle of the front boundary and a large overhang required to shield the living.
What were the challenges of this build?
Fitting the clients brief onto the awkward and smallish site with-in all the myriad of regulatory requirements. And then resolving the awkward shape of the site into a resolved plan with the correct relationships between spaces.
Key choice of materials and why?
Zinc cladding- No maintenance and I like the texture it can provide thru thoughtful detailing and the patina it develops over time.
Timber where suitable (i.e., awning soffit and internal flooring) to add some natural warmth to the material palette
Dado render- Subtle texture and low maintenance/ white render- a neutral foil to the hero materials
Aluminium external blinds- control western sun Timber flooring, veneer off-form concrete rendered brickwork
Cabinetry – timber veneer and 2 pack enamel