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MARTIN GARDNER

Waterfront living

A couple came to AR Design Studio with a contemporary vision for a home on a plot on the edge of the Bosham estuary within an area of outstanding natural beauty. They wanted to achieve a modern scheme that would sit well in the idyllic surroundings. The team at AR worked closely with both Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the planning department to achieve a sensitive design, despite tough constraints to work within.

Named The Creek House, this unconventional abode subtly draws influence from the geometries and materials of the general vernacular prevalent around the local area, while also achieving a wow factor finish. To come up with the scheme, the architects carried out a series of sketch studies analysing the harbour, establishing a collage of typically traditional pitched roofs that provided the inspiration for this property’s angular covering.

The scheme revolves around the desirable views seen from the site over the harbour. The lower level acts as a plinth to elevate the timber storey, which delicately contrasts with the concrete thanks to its soft, natural feel that will weather and age with the tree lined setting. The ground floor level breaks down into three blocks, creating a sense of protection from the elements, as well as achieving more privacy in the bedrooms.

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