Swanpool Houses

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Falmouth, Cornwall
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Falmouth, Cornwall to provide them with a full design service for their new 30 unit housing development on the Cornish coast..

Linden homes approached us to provide design and planning services for a proposed new development on a green-field plot of land on the picturesque coastline of Falmouth. Adjacent to Swanpool lagoon and beach, the site had an enviable position for views out over the coastline, though presented challenges with its steep topography and narrow width.

The housing was focused around a central street that meanders up the hillside, with large 4 bedroom detached dwellings facing towards the views of the coast and Swanpool. The houses were designed to compliment the local palette of white render and natural slate roofs, but in clean, modern forms with generously sized windows.

3 large ‘flagship’ dwellings were located at the entrance to the site, where panoramic views of the coastline and Swanpool lagoon could be enjoyed, as well as close access to the beach below. These gable-ended forms were wrapped in dark grey zinc to continue the white and grey colour palette. Cornish stone would be used in key areas of the house elevations, referring back to the
Cornish bank boundary walls of the site.

The development is due to be constructed shortly.

We are 5 months in to a 7 month build on our 1930’s Arts and Crafts house in Torquay, the design of which Van Ellen created for us. We were instantly impressed by their designs but it’s only since the build / renovation has moved in to its final stages do we really appreciate the wonderful space they have created for us. The house, whilst always grand on the outside, was so muddled on the inside it felt cramped and depressing. Now the house can breath again – it’s light and airy, the high ceilings and large open spaces give a sense of grandeur, the rooms flow beautifully. We’re still 2 months from move in but we already know that with Eilir and Dave’s help we have created our forever family home.

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