Sea House – Clague Architects
This large family home situated on a prime beach view location in Littlestone-on-Sea is the work of Clague Architects. With its heavy use of natural materials and along with its dynamic ‘floating roofs’, the home forms an attractive and distinctive presence in the area. The home benefits from an intelligent approach to internal layout set around a central circulation space which pulls light into the centre of the home.
The external fabric of the house is intersected by projecting sufaces and balconies which create an interesting external appearance, breaking up the materiality and look of the home.
“Its design recognises that the house is located in an area designated for low density development and while it provides a generous amount of internal space, 4,288 sq ft/398 sq m, to create a fully equipped, five-bedroom family house, its design, despite its lack of side windows, still provides airy and light accommodation and yet gives the impression of being smaller than it actually is. Essentially a four storey house, it has an elevated ground floor designed to mitigate the effects of any possible flooding and still benefits from a lower ground floor, which is not visible from the front. It also has a roof floor at the top of the house which ‘disappears’ into the eaves, creating the visual impression of a traditional two-storey design.
The design, and its positioning on the site, shelters the external spaces from the prevailing winds and develops a microclimate between the wings. There is a sheltered private garden to the west of the house, away from the sea, that contrasts with the open, and far more public, sea-side garden.
The focus on natural materials also includes minimising maintenance, both for environmental and running cost reasons. The red cedar cladding is untreated to allow natural weathering and colouring to take place, while the render is through-coloured. The windows are high quality German double glazing system of composite construction clad in aluminium”, Clague Architects