Two contemporary beach houses, with floating foundations, stainless steel frames and Kebony wood cladding now reside at Camber Sands in East Sussex. Situated next to the county’s only sand dunes, the four-bedroom luxury abodes are the ideal summer bolthole with spectacular views of the sea and unparalleled access to the beach.
The buildings are designed to have minimum impact on the environment with recycled and sustainable materials used throughout. The materials selected for this ambitious project are durable and visually complementary to its seaside location. The houses are designed to create a seamless continuity in the building’s structure, to echo the natural smoothness of the dunes. Our wood, which clad the buildings, will be durable and will evolve a silver grey patina over time.
The challenges of the location became apparent during the construction phase, without roads the construction team had to make makeshift pathways through the sand to transport the materials to the site. In addition, the site was battered by the severe storms and tidal surges that hit the country during the winter of 2013/14, a good indicator of the forces that the buildings will be exposed to in their future. Gales swept the beach, blasting the buildings with sand as they began to take form, consequently the huts have been built with the requisite resilience and ability to fend off the elements in their exposed position on the coast.