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 maximizes the potential of its natural environment to enhance its owners’ family time. The design emphasizes communal areas to provide easy access to the water just as effortlessly as it provides unrivaled 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 water are maximized, and natural light can flood each room. In addition to providing beautiful views throughout the house and beyond, the glazing enables the facade to blend into the landscape. Equally, in the building’s communal areas, these windows can be opened up to facilitate a relationship with the surroundings and allow easy access to the water.
To achieve this without compromising the building’s minimalist aesthetic, a glazing solution that 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 1650 lbs, the system is perfectly suited to creating large architectural glazing features without the need for obtrusive framing.
At Island Rest, HiFinity is utilized to create a variety of features: from full height windows framing the spectacular views to large sliding doors that open up the living spaces onto a courtyard and landscaped gardens.