Think this incredible piece of architecture sits peacefully in the Hollywood Hills or the Santa Monica coastline? Think again. Welcome, gentlemen, to Dame of Melba House which sits of the edge of the stunning Anglesea coastline in Wales. You’d also think that a home of this stature might impose on the nature of its surroundings but again, you’d be wrong.
Seeley Architects, the company behind the building, made sure to use incredibly carefully selected materials and locally sourced timber boards to both overcome its salty environment, as well as fit into it. Careful consideration has been taken to ensure that both the outer and inner workings of the building can weather whatever the Wales gales throw at it. The key here is that the materials require minimum maintenance and can – as it were – fend for itself.
The home is set into a slope with dynamic spaces that overhang the earth, and the materials are designed to, over time, slowly transform into the colours of the landscape. The interior is just as spectacular – it’s also flipped to have the main living area on the second level, with the sleeping quarters reside on the ground floor. The elevated design, therefore, allows for premium ocean views from the full-height glazing in the kitchen and living room.
Its top-heavy design allows for a set of cantilevered overhangs, one acting as a carport and the others as decks. Unlike traditional floor plans, the interior is flipped to have the main living area on the second level, while the sleeping quarters reside on the ground floor. The Eastern terrace has been specifically designed with outdoor entertaining in mind.
A huge amount of care has been taken with the materials on the interior as well as the exterior, with internal linings drawn outward and sustainable plywood ceiling panels. The home is obvious and makes a bold statement without being obtrusive to the landscape. Every care has been taken to ensure that natural materials blend perfectly into the landscape, and overtime it promises to only get better.