Today we’ll show you an amazing contemporary bungalow in the English countryside designed by Ström Architects. The best part of this residence? Cantilevers over a wall to protect a parking spot for a vintage Aston Martin.
Magnus Ström’s Hampshire-based studio designed the house for a couple wanting to retire to a picturesque wooded site near the coastal town of Swanage in Dorset.
“The clients wanted a house for their retirement, but with a keen interest in design and a love of abstract and modern art, it needed to eschew the usual trappings of staid, retirement home design,” said Ström.
A large combined lounge and dining area is placed in the center of the building, which cantilevers over a stone retaining wall at one side of the sloping site. A sheltered terrace here overlooks the country park.
The retaining wall, as well as some interior flooring, is made from earth-grey Purbeck stone quarried from the nearby Jurassic Coast. Steps integrated into this wall lead from the house to the sunken car parking space for the owners’ Aston Martin DBS 1968 located below it.
“The large cantilever has been achieved through two concrete planes: the floor and roof acting together like a space beam,” explained Ström, who left the concrete exposed on the exterior as a frame for the larch cladding and glazing.
The master suite it located in this cantilevering portion of the building, while a guest suite and study lie on the other side of the lounge to the east.
Pared back interior finishes like the concrete hearth of the broad chimney, engineered timber and stone flooring, and white walls put emphasis on the views.
Image Credits: Dezeen
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