Godel Architects were appointed by the owners to design and deliver a new dwelling on the land lying directly adjacent to the 1932 Arthur Grayson house, “Les Lumieres”, in 2011. The new building was styled and massed to complement its prestigious neighbour, whilst boldly standing as a fine piece of architecture in its own right.
This site has uninterrupted sea views to the South, which the building faces and is open to. The front, the approach from the road is more private, whilst appearing commanding (as a house of this calibre should be) and yet welcoming. This was partly achieved by the bespoke gates, which are a striking design feature in themselves.
Internally, the flowing spaces were designed to draw one through the building, whilst offering glimpses of fantastic views to the garden and sea; and delightful architectural moments, thoughtfully designed and executed using the very best materials and workmanship. Similarly, the bedroom suites are sized and oriented to make the most of the site and landscaping. In the basement, a substantial swimming pool and health suite provide generous space and light for relaxing, with direct access to the ordered and formal gardens to the rear.
The house is designed in a crisp and bold, modern manner, which in places architecturally nods to the Art Deco house adjacent; its clean lines enriched by a spectacular curved staircase in the hall. The building is clad in honed and split-faced limestone panels, both inside and out, with the occasional fossil peeping through, for additional detailed interest.
This house is considered to be an exceptional example of contemporary architecture on the island and was completed in 2019.