Project: Sea Edge House
Architecture: KAST Architects
Contractor: Fox Cornwall
Structural Engineer: Entos Consulting
Landscape Architect: Sam Ovens Landscapes
Interior Designer: 3idog
Location: Downderry, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Photography: Anthony Greenwood Photography
Text by KAST Architects
Balanced high on a cliff in south Cornwall, Sea Edge House offers an uninterrupted panorama of the horizon, picking up Rame Head to the east, and Looe and St George’s Island to the west.
The elevations are a careful composition of solid and void, pairing render with cedar cladding to create a layering of the facade, helping to frame views while also managing potential heat gains in the summer months. A suspended external staircase provides an easy link to the garden spaces from the upper floor balcony.
“KAST quickly arranged planning permission and were able to advise on local builders and interior designers. They have been flexible, prompt and available. Every small issue has been sorted out with the minimal amount of fuss in a professional and supportive manner.” Chris, Client
Sea Edge house maximises the views out to sea by utilising the existing topography of the site to full effect. The design places the main living accommodation on the upper floor, where the spectacular views can be enjoyed from the lounge, dining room and kitchen. Three ensuite bedrooms are located on the lower floor, each with direct access to a southerly facing terrace.
“KAST immediately had the vision to sketch an outline plan which captured both the view and our desire for a modern open plan design. The final home is almost identical to the initial concept sketched on the back of an envelope.” Chris, Client
The architecture of the Sea Edge House allows the client to realise their dream of modern coastal living, with a close interaction with the vast and ever changing ocean.