The proposed two new houses overlooking Poole Harbour on 79-81 Lake Drive follow the recently completed Houseboat (77 Lake Drive), developed by Roger Zogolovitch, winner of the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2017. We're giving you the opportunity to purchase these plots with full planning permission.
The Houseboat is a single house located on a site overlooking Poole Harbour. It is the winner of the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award 2017 and a South West RIBA Award 2017 and has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2017. The Houseboat, designed in collaboration with Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects and executive architect Rebecca Granger has been conceived as two upturned hulls propping themselves together facing the sea, and is built with an in-situ concrete base and a Douglas Fir timber frame constructed shell.
The plan is butterfly in shape. Accommodation is split between the two wings connected with steps and landings bridging the voids. The building emerges with floor plates fanning out from this concrete structure. The lower ground level accommodates the sleeping quarters which are acoustically separated from the rest of the open plan volume. The upper ground floor provides a kitchen and dining room with terrace overlooking the sea, rising a few steps to the sitting room and concluding the eyrie at the top level.
The arrangement of the split-level is designed using the Solidspace DNA which works on half levels and leads the eye from a first to second space and finally a third. The Eat/Live/Work sectional arrangement is maintained making a single volume under the protection of the upturned hulls, giving spatial clarity to form and the experience.
This is an experimental architectural design project with a more organic form than other Solidspace rectilinear projects. It is anticipated that the house will be available for short term holiday letting to encourage a wider understanding and experience of living in a Solidspace home.
The Houseboat’s New Neighbours
The planned two new houses overlooking Poole Harbour on 79-81 Lake Drive follow the recently completed Houseboat (77 Lake Drive), developed by Roger Zogolovitch. The Houseboat is designed as two hulls, upturned for shelter and sat upon a solid base of an exposed in situ concrete frame forming a base. The interlocking curved shapes cocoon dramatic living spaces, with stunning views channelled to the rear across the heathland. The dark timber cladding and its gentle angular forms evoke and respond to the maritime heritage of the area. The house is designed using a split-level arrangement – the Solidspace DNA - which works on half levels suggesting a varied use, where eating, living, or working is possible within a single volume.
Roger is known in the industry as a progressive thinker – always striving to create projects that delight, engage and push the boundaries of how architecture can enhance our cities. He has been awarded eleventh and twelfth best client in the UK by the RIBA Journal and is often asked to give his expertise as a juror. He contributes regularly to the architectural press and teaches and lectures widely.
Following the success of The Houseboat both as an addition to the townscape of Lake Drive and as a stunning contemporary dwelling, Roger purchased the adjacent houses 79 and 81. The existing dwellings will be replaced with two new high quality family houses that can enhance the character of the area, and respond to the exciting high quality design benchmark set by the Houseboat.
Lake Drive was developed in the inter-war period with larger two storey houses, retaining an overall feeling of a seaside suburb. 79-81 Lake Drive is located on the western edge, enjoying views across the adjacent heathland, and across to the harbour. To the south is the recently completed no.77 Lake Drive (The Houseboat), which uses two interlocking curved shapes to cocoon dramatic living spaces, with stunning views channelled to the rear across the heathland. The dark timber cladding of no.77 and its gentle angular forms evoke and respond to the maritime heritage of the area. The design of the new houses on 79-81 Lake Drive responds to the exciting high quality design benchmark set by The Houseboat.
Suggested External Finishes
Each house is made of two distinct parts; a masonry base with turret (that holds most of the intimate ‘comfy’ spaces), and a timber barn that serves as the ‘big living/dining room’.
It's suggested that the homes are built using a mixture of concrete and timber frame construction. The ground floor and a portion of the first and second floor should be built with robust concrete construction. The remaining element of the house should be built as a distinctly separate timber shed that is built from a solid timber frame. The timber barn should be clad externally with black nylon finished corrugated sheet metal on its sides and roof. The ‘timber’ barn features a floor to ceiling glazed screen that faces west over Poole harbour.
The suggested concrete-built ground floor and first floor elements will have exposed natural aggregates giving a rough cast surface appearance. It's suggested that all windows be made with paint finished solid timber frames and double glazing throughout.
Suggested Internal Finishes
It is suggested that all bedrooms be finished internally with a painted match boarding and fitted wardrobes. Ceilings at lower levels are finished with spray plaster on concrete. The ‘Timber barn’ living space will be clad with treated birch ply face.
Engineered oak flooring is proposed throughout the house with underfloor heating embedded into the floor screed below. Stairs at lower levels should be made of pre-cast concrete with timber treads. Stairs at the upper level should be made of mild steel with untreated finish.