- Location : St. Brelade, Jersey
- Date : 2019 - current
- Client : Confidential
- Project Status : Construction
Le Rocher House at Les Ruisseaux Estate, is located on a steeply sloping site with panoramic views across Ouaisne Bay. The site is bound by terraced gardens to the north and west and a rocky outcrop to the south east, but benefits from an uninterrupted south-westerly aspect towards the Bay.
The building is planned around a central linear staircase that allows daylight to cascade through four levels of accommodation containing a mix of entertaining, open plan living, bedroom and work spaces. A central courtyard, with a manicured landscape provides a physical connection to the outside and additional natural daylight deep within the plan.
The external material palette is restrained with a focus on refinement and craftsmanship in the detailing, junctions and finishing. In a highly CONTEXTUAL approach, the house is rooted to the site and the surrounding coastal setting through the use of dark grey stone cladding that provides a robust and rugged base a the lower levels. In contrast, the upper levels are clad in a sophisticated, highly engineered metal cladding system with a patinated finish.
Large, cantilevered terraces and floor to ceiling sliding glass windows blur the distinction between inside to out. The soffit of the over sailing terraces and roofs are clad in timber which continues internally, accentuating the connection between inside and outside space. The tones and textures of the external cladding are continued internally with the use of polished concrete walls and floors creating a series of clearly defined horizontal planes, floating above the coastal landscape.