Strom Architects' house is a long and low-slung black box, anchored to the ground at one end, while at the other the bedroom wing extends over the falling ground level
Strom Architects for private client
Island Rest is humble in the wider landscape, its composition is ordered but relaxed, and it is controlled and yet seemingly effortless in detail.
The building is long and low-slung black box, anchored to the ground at one end, while at the other the bedroom wing extends over the falling ground level with a series of slender steel poles on small concrete foundation pads. The main living space had to face north towards the views out over the harbour and the Solent, so a well-judged small south-facing garden avoids the pitfalls of a single-aspect living space.
The modest steel frame was designed by the engineer-client, with a pre-cambered beam over the main windows to the living space to create a column-free span without locally increasing the beam size. Its laconic presence in the landscape is set off by a series of mature oak trees.