To achieve this the house is divided into distinct zones: living, sleeping and guests. This led to the detached guest wing with fly-over bridge, which provides a distinctive feature of the architecture. The structure is centered on a circulation spine that runs the length of the site and serves to link all spaces, thus allowing for easy flow and movement. The shell has achieved socially successful open plan living areas and utilises a level change running the length of the circulation spine to help define various spaces and programmes.
Were there any specific problems on what is basically an indigenous rocky hillside?
Says architect Darryl Croome: ‘Building restrictions were very specific, which required innovative design solutions to satisfy the Llandudno Residents Association and neighbours. Being a corner site, the location offered superb uninterrupted views; and privacy screening had to be installed on all four sides. This informed the treatment of the elevations. The elevated garden also serves to capitalise on views, whilst pulling it up out of site from unwanted street scrutiny.’
Interior designer Cori Quinton adds: ‘As a designated holiday home, the furnishings here needed to be relaxed, robust and child-friendly. Each bedroom was to have a refreshment station where family members or friends could enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink. Various outdoor zones were created to take advantage of balmy summer days, or cosy winter nights.
An area next to the pool facilitates a snack or drink in the sun after a swim, while a large family gathering is catered for in a protected alcove, which also features a fireplace for colder seasons. The main patio flows off the living area and to a boma down in the garden, a deck for sunbathing and a quiet protected terrace outside the main bedroom suite.
For the full article see Habitat #256 November / December 2016