British studio RX Architects drew inspiration from Mediterranean beach houses when designing Seabreeze, a smooth, pink-concrete-clad coastal holiday home in East Sussex.
The dwelling, located on England’s Camber Sands beach, was designed for a couple with three children who desired to replace an existing house on the site.
With an open brief, Rye-based RX Architects took advantage of the opportunity to create a playful dwelling for the family with an adaptable interior.
However, because the home is located on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – a conservation area – the home’s scale and massing were constrained by planning guidelines that permitted only a “one to one replacement.”
“The goal was to create a home that they could enjoy as a couple and as a family – while also being adaptable as the children grew older,” studio founder Rob Pollard explained.
They provided an extremely open brief, which was fantastic; however, given the site’s compassionate nature, the overall scale and massing were constrained.
Seabreeze is distinguished externally by its flush facade and edgeless windows that prevent sand accumulation.
The exterior, sealed with durable microfibre concrete and coloured with pink pigment, helps the house withstand high winds, moving sand, and salt air.
“The adjacent properties require significant maintenance as a result of the extreme weather and the driving sand that quickly penetrates the building fabric and begins to deteriorate it,” Pollard explained.
“The external material selection was made to mitigate this by eliminating any junctions or material changes at the eaves or ridge level, resulting in a completely sealed and wrapped facade.”
Additionally, the house is designed without gutters, which could become clogged with sand. Rather than that, water is encouraged to run off the house and into the sand, where it drains naturally.
RX Architects used the pink pigment in the concrete finish to soften the house’s overall visual impact due to its deliberately simple form.
“We experimented with a variety of samples but wanted something that softened the look,” Pollard explained.
“The pink is reminiscent of traditional Mediterranean beach houses with their natural pink plastered elevations, and the colour contrasts beautifully with the ever-changing sky, providing a subdued appearance on overcast days and a more vibrant appearance on brighter days.”
Seabreeze features an open-plan living area with large windows overlooking the beach, three double bedrooms, two ensuite bedrooms, and a family bathroom in the interior.
Additionally, there is a small spa with a steam room, sauna, and plunge pool.
The master bedroom features a window seat designed to create the illusion of hovering above the beach with uninterrupted views out to sea.
Additionally, this window frames the sea perfectly when viewed from the bed.
As with the exterior, all interior finishes are chosen for their durability. They are, however, intended to impart warmth and tactility.
These include smoked oak cladding, beach pebble-inspired terrazzo flooring, and textured natural lime paint on the walls.
The house features a wooden deck that overlooks the dunes and the sea.
This is partially surrounded by a curving steel wall designed to keep sand out and protect the terrace.
The Seabreeze House is heated and cooled through the use of two 90-meter-deep ground source heat pumps, as well as mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR).
According to the studio, this helps maintain a comfortable interior environment with the building’s thermal mass and energy efficiency.
Rob Pollard and Derek Rankin founded RX Architects in 2016. Among the studio’s other works is Druim, a larch-clad house on the Rye Nature Reserve that incorporates a portion of an unfinished structure.
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