Started June 2013Completed 2015 The 3.5-acre site located on the north side of the Isle of Wight sits beautifully as a tree lined sloping site to the private beach. A highly constrained site of ancient woodland, blanket TPO, SSSi status shoreline and ANOB parameters together with an ambitious spatial brief from the client led to an interestingly conceive ‘V’ shaped plan form that articulates the volumes connected to the topography threading its mass and silhouette within the tree canopy. The 9000sq foot house and a 1000sq foot garage replace the existing 850sq foot chalet. The design solution is predominately single story volume designed to frame the views through the trees to the Solent hovering with dramatic cantilevers over a plinth of encrusted large beach pebbles. This plinth enacting the visual reference of a structure emerging out of the sloping landscape to the foreshore or if you will the notion of a bank of pebbles created by the continuous rhythm of the tide. The house is unashamedly a response to the Californian Case study houses of the 1950’s and more up to date contemporaries such as the Latin America Architect: Mathias Klotz. The sense of arrival through the single woodland track is contained by creating a succession of Wows which at first deny a sea view but rather experience the building and its material context and form guided by the elliptical glass wall overhung by the master suit. The journey takes you to the a secret glass entrance which is a surprise moving away from the normal gestures of an entrance made obvious – but this is okay because it frames the intension of what the beautiful setting offers. The internal space open up into a generous light filled entrance room creating a logic pivot to understand the unfolding spatial function of the home. On entering the open plan kitchen, dining and lounge the are presented with a joy that you wont get bore of as the home opens up to the outer family and entertaining deck space which includes a sunken swimming pool and floating spa. Drenched in dapple light the transition between the inside and outside is celebrated by large expanses of full height glass sliding doors. Whether open or closed the space feels intimate and generous at the same time. A real sense of secret views yet Hidden from the world gives a sense of comfort and serenity. The contextual skin of the raised podium is clad in a (first ever) unique black paper on edge called Richlite and dark oiled kebony timber articulated in both horizontal and vertical matrix defining the volume and moderating its scale from the vantage point of the shoreline to making it almost invisible.