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Thursday31 July 2014

Alma-nac Architecture maximises views from split level home in Hastings

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Warren Farm, which has won planning permission, has been designed to withstand high coastal winds

Alma-nac Architecture has won planning permission for Warren Farm, a new 400sq m house in Fairlight, Hastings.

The form of the building is generated out of the desire to frame the panoramic views of the hilltop site; its volume is fragmented to create two distinct levels. The resulting form reduces the overall mass of the scheme while clearly delineating the more public side from the sheltered private side facing a wild meadow.

This split geometry has extended into the landscape to create a private garden with a soft sense of enclosure, terminating in a potting shed. The extension of the main building is achieved through surface treatment, framed extensions, changes in landscape level and the location of retaining walls.

To the rear of the property a rose arbour continues the lines of the monopitch roof, creating an enclosed garden entrance. To either side, lines of hard and soft landscaping project the lines of the house, delineated in places by gabion perimeter walling. These gabion walls are used to clad, retain or stand free according to their location, encasing the scheme and giving a sense of contemporary farmstead design.

The building is constructed using a timber infilled steel superstructure, specifically designed to withstand the high coastal winds. Separated by both form and material, the rendered ground floor is offset by natural slate above, clad with a single lap system to ensure the maximum exposure of each individual slate. Window reveals are flashed with brass, warming the incoming light.

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Ground floor plan.

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