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Fistral Blue Apartments, Newquay, UK

LHC Architecture + Urbanism

Fistral Blue, a luxury apartment development overlooking Newquay’s iconic surfing beach, has been designed to be a major focal point for this dramatic, headland area of the holiday town. Architecturally it provides a ‘full stop’ to the Headland Road street elevational context, as well as ‘marking’ the access to Fistral Beach.

Designed using an uncompromising contemporary approach, Fistral Blue employs a varied pallet of quality materials - copper, stone, glass and render - detailed in a crisp and simple fashion. Copper cladding is finished in an oxide brown patina chosen to complement the colours and hues of the natural coastal locale, and the texture and colouring of the neighbouring Victorian brick-built Headland Hotel.

The new building provides an architectural juxtaposition; a contrast to, rather than a copy of the local vernacular style. All materials however, have been brought together to withstand severe   weather conditions, and to respect, reflect and complement the surrounding context.

The copper-clad, curved ‘wedge’ sits over a recessed natural stone plinth, and is finished with a splayed-end to the adjacent property. The sweeping curvature of the building provides all of the eighteen apartments with a spectacular, panoramic view over the coast.

To the rear, the concave ‘internal’ court provides a contrast to the sea-facing elevation. This area, more solid and private, comprises copper walls with smaller window apertures. Tall glazed balustrade walkways spaced off the building provide access to the upper level, providing strong horizontal layering against the block which contrasts starkly with vertical glass circulation cores. 

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Building

Owner: 
Bluer Homes
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Newquay
Street: 
Headland Road

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised

Architect

Name, office: 
LHC Architecture + Urbanism

Copper contractors

Title: 
Varla

Awards

Season: 
2015

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