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Ström Architects wins approval for house on Isle of Wight creek

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Ström Architects has received planning permission for a new family home by a creek on the Isle of Wight.

The single-storey 200m² property, Island Rest, is designed with a focus on nature in mind, featuring direct access to the water and landscaping of mowed paths through wildflowers as well as views of the Solent. 

Ström, which made the seven-strong shortlist for 2017 RIBA House of the Year with its low-lying home The Quest, has designed a simple straight form containing the main living and dining area. 

A bedroom ‘wing’ leads off this, although a separate master bedroom is situated at the other end of the living area with access to an outside deck. 

Every room at Island Rest is situated to maximise the views to the north, but the living areas also look out on to a south-facing courtyard, creating a sense of light and space as well as providing views through the house to the gardens and water beyond. 

To address the risk of flooding, the floor level is raised to perch on the highest point of the site, which is outside the future flood risk zone. 

Work is due to start on site this autumn. 

Islandrest plan

Islandrest plan

Project data

Location Isle of Wight
Type of project Private house
Client Private
Architect Ström Architects
Landscape architect Charlotte Murrell Landscape Design
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
M&E consultant Mesh Energy
Quantity surveyor APS Associates
Main contractor Rice Projects
Funding Private
Start on site date September 2018
Gross internal floor area 200m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Construction management
Total cost Private

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