Project status: Complete

Location: Cornwall

Client: Private Developer


A 420 sqm luxury house overlooking Polzeath Beach with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, enhanced by a further 2300 sq ft of split-level external terraces and balconies.

An example of a truly bespoke building, the clients desire was to realise a unique and architecturally driven approach to ‘high-end’ coastal living by utilising the site strengths, considering the needs of the beach users and providing a house of absolute quality, perfect for the hosting and entertaining of guests and family.

The building is routed within its traditional Cornish surroundings with the strong use of natural materials such a slate and timber, but crafted in a contemporary way.  The slate wall is formed from locally sourced stone and was skilfully laid to form a ‘dry’ slate wall that anchors the building to its setting.  The quality of finish and architectural detailing both inside and out was of major importance to the client.

By placing the living spaces on the first floor, the property takes full advantage of it elevated position and holds a dramatic entertainment space that runs the full length of the building. With a breakfast, lunchtime and evening terrace the house is arranged to follow the path of the sun and encourages the user to experience the dramatic 180-degree views that the site possesses.  The house also contains a spa area with changing rooms and showers to provide that element of luxury and comfort for when returning home from a hard days surfing. 

Situated at the end of a run of houses, the challenge was to provide a sense of privacy from the neighbouring properties on one side, whilst maximising the incredible expansive views south and west towards the valley and ocean respectively.  The building's form, along with the position of window openings, was carefully considered in order to frame the key views and remove the presence of any neighbouring properties, achieving a sense of both openness and privacy at the same time.