Location: Thorpeness, Suffolk, England
Architect: Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs
Client: Living Architecture
Material: wood & Glass
Design date: 2010
Completion date: 2011
Site area: 250m2
Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli.
Photographer: Nils Petter Dale, Ivar Kvaal
collaborating: Mole Architects Ltd
Text provided by the architects:
To get planning permission it was important to relate to the existing, typical, British seaside strip of houses. The roofscape, the bedroom floor, somehow plays with the formal presence of these buildings, and also brings into mind a romantic remembrance of holidays at bed- and breakfasts while traveling through the UK.
The ground floor is contrasting this by its lack of relationship to the architecture of the top floor.
The living area and the terraces are set into the dunes in order to protect it from the strong winds and opens equally in all directions to allow for wide views. The corners can be opened by sliding doors; this will emphasize the floating appearance of the top floor.