What was the focus of the client brief for this property?
The client commissioned ARCO2 to replace an existing dwelling, unfit for purpose. The brief was to create a contemporary, sustainable home that would make the most of the ocean views.
The clients chose ARCO2 due to their passion for high-quality architecture in Cornwall.
Where did you draw inspiration for this project from? What style would you say it most aligns with?
The build was a ‘fabric-first’ construction. This maximises the performance of components and materials, reducing capital and operational costs. It also improves energy efficiency and reduces carbon emissions.
How were some of the challenges tackled?
The use of 3D design software helped to overcome complexities at the design stage. Main contractor (Billy Fullerton, Dan Hatfield and Ben Rushton of Lion Park Construction) had an exceptional eye for detail. The application of care and attention was evident throughout the entire construction period.
A close working relationship, with weekly meetings kept the detailing on track. Every meeting was solution-led. Billy invested considerable time in bringing solutions rather than problems.
The steel frame installation was a lengthy process. It had to be millimetre perfect to enable a multitude of junctions to meet exactly. The builders rehearsed cold bridge and airtightness detailing on site. Again, Billy had exceptional foresight, working through details ahead of the construction programme.
Outside and inside elements required continuous insulation as part of the ‘fabric-first’ approach. A glass bridge and opening roof exemplified the architectural experience.
Elements gifts the occupants with a view of the sea from every internal living space. ARCO2 were careful to design the building so no two were the same. Each made unique with exterior treatments and framing.
Despite some tricky problems, the clients remained focused on achieving their goal. The elevated location often experienced 70+ mph winds that the build team coped well with. A sustainable, high-quality family home with supreme architectural interest.
Working with the clients, ARCO2 realised the vision down to the finest detail. Elements is an example of how ARCO2 can create ‘healthy’ buildings. Built around the lives and needs of their clients, sustainability is always at the fore.
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