Often, the location of a home is mostly a functional consideration. Here, the location has been so influential on the building’s design that its impact can be seen in every aspect. Located on a creek, the building maximises the potential of its natural environment to enhance its owners’ family time, emphasising communal areas to provide easy access to the water just as effortlessly as it provides unrivalled views of the Solent.
Glazing plays a critical role in softening the barriers between inside and outside spaces. With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property, views of the Solent are maximised and natural light is able to flood each room. In addition to providing views through the house and beyond, the glazing also enables it to blend into the landscape. Equally, in the building’s communal areas, these windows can be opened up to facilitate a connection with the surroundings and allow easy access to the water.
To achieve this, without compromising the building’s minimalist aesthetic, a glazing solution which offered minimal sightlines was required. Offering infinite views, HiFinity – an ultra-slim design from Reynaers Aluminium – was selected for the project. Capable of effortlessly moving glass panels of up to 750kg, the system is perfectly suited to creating large architectural glazing features, without the need for obtrusive framing.
At Island Rest, HiFinity is utilised to create a variety of features, from full-height windows which frame the spectacular views, through to large sliding doors which open up living spaces onto a courtyard and landscaped gardens.