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Tresawle The Lizard, Cornwall

Client: Private
Area: 350 m²
Stage: Pre-Construction
Building costs: circa £500k
Description: Replacement Dwelling

This is a proposal for a new detached dwelling arranged on two floor levels to replace the existing house known as “Tresawle”, a property in Housel Bay Road, The Lizard. The site is located on the cliff-top to the south of the built-up area of the village, it adjoins the south west coastal path and has extensive views across Housel Bay towards the Lizard light house.

The selected architecture responds to and respects its important Landscape-designated setting and exhibits local-distinctivity. The size, type and arrangement of the rooms and spaces reflect modern aspirations and lifestyles. The footprint of the proposed new dwelling amounts to 188 sq metres, as compared to an existing 151 sq metres. The building’s appearance has been carefully composed using strong forms and a simple construction vocabulary. The architectural treatment reinterprets the traditional in a more contemporary manner. The ridge line and span is generally uniform and their are elements of symmetry which gives the building composition an integrity, however this general form is articulated by drag-down roofs and overhangs which give the structure a strong connection with its site.

The elevations combine loadbearing forms, foiled by crisply-treated areas of fenestration. The articulation of the building footprint also provides interest and a strong three-dimensional quality. A steeply-pitched roof unifies the overall composition – matching gables pointing seawards are a reference to the existing building, whilst hip-ends reduce the bulk and give the extremities of the building greater lightness than would gable ended treatments. The roof finish is to be of natural slate. The elevations which are mainly comprised of smooth off-white render this material has been chosen both for its local distinctively and unrivalled resistance to water ingress. The specification of the fenestration offers the one deviation away from the traditional approach and here we intend to use high-performance composite units of timber and aluminium construction.

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