Mr & Mrs Silvester
This project, currently going through the planning process, involves the replacement of an existing dwelling for a contemporary new build 5 bedroom property overlooking the Dorset coast, outside Beer.
BBH were originally employed by the clients to design a scheme which involved the substantial refurbishment and extension of the existing dwelling. This scheme obtained planning approval and was taken up to tender state, however following tender analysis and further feasibility studies it was decided that a new build option would be more financial viable.
A fundamental idea behind the concept of the new dwelling is that it should retain the same footprint as the approved extension/alteration scheme, and so a portion of the existing slab could be reused, which in turn would reduce construction costs.
As an architectural narrative, the external design of the proposed dwelling derives from a concept involving the arrangement of cubes and cuboids which define the rhythm of the elevations depending on their arrangement. Due to the topography of the site, the East Elevation (facing the sea) is the most dominant face of the building, comprising of three storeys. Here the cuboids form vertical elements which are set forward and back, which helps to break up the overall massing of the elevation.
The West Elevation, which contains the front entrance door, is two storeys and is dominated by a central projecting cuboid that contains the double height entrance hall and first floor gallery. The flat roof of the ground floor below projects out from and connects with this central cuboid creating a dramatic architectural element.
The general strategy regarding the external finishes is to create a crisp and minimal finish befitting of the modern style of the dwelling. The dominant material will be smooth finished render (K Rend or similar) through colour (in white or off white), however this will be complemented and softened by brick and timber.