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wilford haven

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In designing his own home, Michael Wilford has used a collage of Wealden building traditions and modern architectural ideas. The result is a luxurious, idiosyncratic house which occupies a peaceful site in the heart of the Sussex countryside

Indigenous natural materials such as sandstone and timber are juxtaposed with plate and stainless steel. A spiral stair links the balcony to the circular lawn.

The eastern elevation is punctuated by the geometric forms of a torqued square kitchen foodstore and a double-height trefoil which contains the bathrooms.

To the east the house is a discreet presence partially screened by trees.

This is in stark contrast to the open aspect to the west (main picture).

The first-floor bridge leads to the main public floor while the lowerlevel entrance gives access to the guest rooms and pool.

The front door and the living room door form an east-west axis. The master bedroom is to the right of the hall, the kitchen is to the left.

The main living spaces, along with the master bedroom, cluster around the upper entrance hall and chimney/stair core underneath an all-embracing shallow pitched room. A free-standing box-like enclosure in the living room provides ample storage space and forms a semi-enclosed sitting area. It also forms a mezzanine space which overlooks the living room and entrance hall.

The inner area of the split-level living room forms an intimate snug around an open fire.

A purple sculptural form marks the entrance to the foodstore at the corner of the kitchen.

The kitchen area overlooks the dining space (below). Splashes of colour are used throught the project.

Primary spaces are at first floor level to take advantage of the extensive heath and forest views.

The en suite bathroom to the master bedroom occupies the upper floor of a sculptural trefoil-shaped enclosure.

A purpose-designed unit contains the bed and storage in an island within the centre of the master bedroom.

A plunge pool lies to one side of the ground floor lobby, contained within the rectangular stone base.


ARCHITECTS Michael Wilford: Michael Wilford, Suzanne Garrett, David Guy


FACADE Arup Facade Engineering

LIGHTING Equation Lighting Design

LANDSCAPE Mark Westcott

PLANNING Michael Parker Associates

CONTRACTOR Martin Osborn Builders

SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS structural steelwork Constructional Steel Supplies; DPM Siteseal; roofing KBM Roofing; stainless steel cladding Broderick Structures, Roles Roofing; stainless steel glazing frames Qualart; architectural metalwork Glazzard (Dudley); stainless steel guttering, fireplace and cowl Bretvents; glazing Ashdown Glass; landscape planting Dolwin & Gray; cork and stone floors Sussex Wall and Floor; reclaimed pitch pine Robert Lunn, Alan Wheelwright (Chapel Saw Mill) sandstone sills Creative Stone; insulation Kingspan; cedar shingles Parkers; yorkstone paving Marshalls; access gratings Weland; window stays Castgrove Engineering; swimming pool vapour barrier and paint Sto; ironmongery Allgood, TF Sampson, Bulthaup; insulated flues Selkirk; sanitary fittings Starck @ CP Hart; convectors and panel radiators Zehnder; towel radiators Bisque; thermostaic valves Oventrop; electrical switches and controls Albrecht Jung, through HH Electrical; light fittings Encapsulite; light projects Outdoor Lighting, Iguzzini, Concord: Marlin, ACDC, We-ef, Bega; kitchen appliances Miele; stereo system Casa by B&W; swimming pool cover Glatz Pioneer; external awning Deans Blinds and Awnings; internal blinds and curtain tracks Silent Gliss; curtain fabric Baumann Living Room; settee Molinari Quadra; settee leather Wollsdorf Leder; bathroom and swimming pool waterproofing Permabond; ceramic tiles Dal by Domus Tiles; quarry tiles Daniel Platt; limestone flooring Stoneage; hardwood floor English Timbers; cork flooring Siesta Timber; floor and ceiling sealant Granwax; dressing table DLD; joinery paint Dulux

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