South Street, Lewes

A subtle play between openness and solidity

South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects.
South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers

Sandy Rendel Architects for private client

Contract value: £690,000

GIA: 257m²

A fantastically bold response to the site which is bounded by the river on the west and the main road and cliffs to the east. Facing the river is the long elevation with its expansive glass, while more protected elevations face the busy road. The gables and handmade ash-glazed brickwork, traditional to the town, help it to tie in well with the street.

The main body of the house is a simple two-storey pitched roof structure but with a ridge line that is carved away to break down the building’s scale and reflect the cliff contours behind.

 
  • South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects.
    South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
  • South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects.
    South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
  • South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects.
    South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
  • South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects.
    South Street, Lewes by Sandy Rendel Architects. Credit: Richard Chivers
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The rugged in situ concrete retaining walls of the river bank morph into slightly more refined board-marked concrete on the ground floor, which gives way to Corten rainscreen cladding above. Simple inventive moves such as reversing the way the Corten sheets are hung create a subtle play between openness and solidity.


Regional Emerging Architect Award