Cultra, Hollywood - Co Down
We were appointed by our developer client to prepare a scheme of 6 No. 2 bedroom apartments and 8 No. 3 bedroom apartments.
The site is situated on the shore of Belfast Lough with extensive sea views across to Jordanstown and Greenisland, to the north-east to Carrickfergus, Whitehead and the Irish Sea, and south-west back down the lough to Belfast Harbour. Along the seafront runs the North Down Coastal Path, with the site banking up steeply to an elevated, private situation. On either side are large 2 – 3 storey properties.
The existing dwelling on the site is a dormer bungalow and could be described as one of the more modest properties in the area. Existing mature trees line the western and southern boundaries, the majority of which we propose to retain.
The building design also owes much to the Prairie Style grand houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, but interpreted in a contemporary fashion. Although 3 storeys in height, the horizontality employed in the elevation and roof treatment gives the impression of a lower structure. Materials employed in the elevations will be sympathetic to the locality with walls in white painted render and pale cut limestone, with certain elements picked out in bronze cladding combined with glass balustrades and copper roof finishes.
A basement parking level is provided which removes vehicles from ground level, allowing for more open space and greater visual amenity. As the site banks down towards the coast, the basement is revealed accommodating a communal leisure / gym facility complete with swimming pool, surrounded by landscaped terraces stepping down to the sea.