Every project is unique. Conceptual ideas start the process, inspired by the site and location, use, client’s aspirations; in fact inspiration can come from potentially anywhere.
Working in the westcountry, our architectural projects often feature the coast. Beachside projects can provide exciting opportunities to approach things just a little differently. In this case we were asked to look to maximise the trading opportunity. We looked to enhance a key trading position by taking a creative approach and to open up a totally different dimension by introducing direct access to the dunes and beach behind.
The fundamental brief was for a concept to create indoor dining space, additional covered outdoor space and create a new kitchen / servery, plus ancillary accommodation.
Our design process is rooted in exploring and understanding the context, so we seek to find a form and feel that is a specific response to a particular site and setting. In this case we took a cue from the client’s interest in shipping container architecture, (almost a thing!) and several modern lighthouse structures nearby.
These suggested a two storey structure, wrapped in Corten Steel (pre-weathered). A new indoor restaurant space will sit above the kitchen and services and the idea is that a walkway at first floor level will connect to the dunes beyond, allowing wheelchair bound guests to access that space with the beach behind and enjoy the sunsets, (via a new stair and lift). The unusual exterior design is striking, creating interest to attract customers; the interior design will continue to further develop this theme.
Beyond the main structure, a timber grid defines the outdoor space, some of which is covered, some open, to bleed the new structure into the dunescape beyond.
Ideas evolve, conversations continue; planning development projects takes time. A fresh, innovative approach to design is transformative. Clients want to be inspired. Many have initial ideas but rarely know what outcome will work. We inspire conversation, we explore, we discuss ideas, styles, use and likely costs.
We are innovators, creative, versatile, thinking differently, exploring different techniques, often producing results that challenge the obvious or traditional.
This is why we are architects. We relish a challenge; we’re inspired by it.
Peregrine Mears Architects
RIBA Chartered Architects