JAR Architecture

Llys Iago

This sloping site sits above the llanfairfechan coast with views across to puffin island and Anglesey. When stood on the site that sunny day, we could see why the client purchased the land.

The site was fairly narrow but quite long, so the building was going to need to run down the slope towards the sea. Retaining walls were going to be a consideration for the parking area and “lego” blocks” were a preferred method. These are essentially lego bricks but for the construction industry, very large and heavy concrete blocks. The client also mentioned if we could connect the building to the parking area with a bridge, we obviously loved that idea, and this was incorporated into the design.

Sitting down the with client and discussing the thought process so far for the house was very interesting. Low maintenance, contemporary and lots of glass were the essentials but we were free to explore from there. Initially we looked at a completely brick house, but incorporating lots of special bricks for the details to give it that cutting edge look. On researching the bricks required and running a cost analysis it became apparent this was not going to work with budget. However the client didn’t just want render and was adverse to timber cladding. So we explored a half way option of Staffordshire blue brick with stone, which was the winner. We opted for a single sloping roof which was cheaper and suited the design better, we specified the Tata Steel Urban Colorcoat.

The glazing system was to be a marine grade aluminium with a severe exposure rating to cope with the weather. A frameless glass balustrade system has also been designed to stop any interruption of the view.

The main structure has actually taken the route of a more commercial specification with pre cast floors, pre cast staircase and frameless walls and doors (no skirtings or architraves). This is a tricky detail and the contractor needs to be very conscientious during the initial build to get it right, however the end result is fantastic.

We are currently brining the tender and building control drawings together and cant wait to start constructing this on site.

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