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Tom Brooking discusses climate and coastal homes
What are some of the some of the simplest ways
to control the effects of climate on a home? Get
the right orientation for a start. Put living rooms on
the north if you can and be mindful about spaces
facing east and west as su mmer solar paths mean
they will get warm. D evelop cross-fl ow ven tilatio n
through the home and make sure you have the
right insu latio n in the walls, ceiling an d roof.
Are there any particular materials best suited for
coastal houses? Robu st materials resilien t to harsh
salt environments. We’ve used a zinc roof on this
home, which was folded and soldered by hand and
will last hu n dreds of years. Ensu re that the building
envelope is airtight to avoid salt en tering the roof
frame an d ceiling cavities. A lso check that high-
stren gth con crete mixes are used for any su rfaces
exposed to the elements.
Any tips for creating a feeling of flow and
continuity in a home? Try to capture no rthern
light into your home all year round so that the
living spaces feel light an d ai ry. The perceptio n of
natu ral light su rrou n ding you in space is uplifting.
How did it feel to find out the home had been
nominated for the AIA award? It was a great
hon ou r, especially given the other talen t that was
n omin ated this yea r. It really means that the design
excelle nce we strive fo r as a practice is bei ng
reco gnised at the highest level .
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of the rest of the floor, and warmed by a
fireplace, it’s a cosy pocket. “Dropping the
floor was clever,” says Lindy, “because you
still get that feeling of outlook – you can
see the sky and the treetops – but you can’t
see your neighbours.”
In their pursuit of a lofty, contemporary
beach house, Tom and Rick’s efforts have
been recognised; and not just by Lindy’s
assertion that she “wouldn’t change a
thing”. The home has been nominated
in this year’s AIA awards. Tom hopes it
will serve as a good example of site-specific
waterfront design. “I think it really sets
a benchmark for other stuff that happens
up and down the coast,” he says.
“Everyone talks about outdoor rooms
but there’s no point putting spaces there
unless they can be used. I think this house
shows you how it can be done.”
08. The house was a site-specific response to the location.
It was a challenge to provide ocean views over the dunes
from all three above-ground floors.
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