RX Architects

: Coast View Property, Stephen Evans Associates

Sea Breeze is located on Camber Sands beach in East Sussex, directly backing on to the natural sand dunes behind and with outstanding views across the beach and English Channel to the south. The site is unique in that it is one of only a handful of properties in the region which are only accessed by driving along the beach making the construction extremely challenging.

The dune formations behind the property are a unique landscape feature and are designated as a SSSI, also attracting migrating birds. The designs are focused on creating a robust building to cope with the extreme weather conditions, with high winds, moving sand and salt air. The building has been externally finished in trowelled micro fibre concrete with a pink pigment, to create a sealed external envelope. The external material selection was carefully considered to be robust and strong, however the pink pigment in the finish softens the visual impact and sets the building off against the dramatic and ever changing backdrop of the sky and beach. The pink hue gives a nod to traditional pink plastered Mediterranean beach houses, and the tone changes depending on the natural light and sun levels.