After a near-death experience, a couple living in England decided to build a unique family home for themselves, their family and friends. The exciting process was part of UK Channel 4’s program ‘Grand Designs,’ during which architect Lincoln Miles proposed a renovation design that marries the simplicity of Mies van der Rohe's layouts and the gorgeous nature of the Isle of Wight, located in the English Channel, about four miles off the coast of Hampshire. Innovative, modern and striking cladding was an important aspect of the design, which prompted the architect to approach Kebony, Norwegian wood producer manufacturing beautiful wood that combines sustainability and an organic appearance.
In order to stay in context of the area’s architectural history, renowned for its 1950s conservative style of housing, it was decided to renovate an existing 9,000-square-feet home. The outcome was a stunning family home with floor to ceiling windows looking out to sea and features including a private room, a game room and roof terrace with a swimming pool. Inspired by international modernism and the simplicity of the Farnsworth House, the building reflects its natural surroundings and emphasizes the natural and organic aspect of the design.
Large glass panes were used to provide views of the sea, while pebble dashing, sourced from a local beach, are incorporated into the lower walls to give the house a more natural feel. Kebony wooden, maintenance-free finish was created by cooking Kebony beams of maple and pine wood with alcohol and pressure, turning their soft wood properties into a hard wood. This environmentally-friendly process results in a sustainable wood that boosts the home’s unprecedented eco-friendly features.