Location: South Downs Way, Near Alfriston

Work carried out: New build property

Project description:

This exceptional site just off the South Downs Way West of Alfriston in an AONB (now the National Park) had an unremarkable house on it which was demolished in favour of a new house and double garage. A design was generated which was to take advantage of the views to the Cuckmere to the South-East, low energy design principles, whilst respecting the pre-history and geology of the site with the use of natural, indigenous materials and building techniques, local craft skills and forms where possible. The interior is extremely flexible and the bigger living spaces link together via sliding doors.

Contractor: Twine Building Co.



I’ve worked with David Kemp of DK Architects several times over the years – firstly on building a studio to work from; secondly when he designed our house in the most spectacular spot high up on the South Downs, and then thirdly when I converted a massive nineteenth century wooden framed barn into a wonderful family house looking across the landscape to The Long man of Wilmington.

Each time David absorbed my brief and then proceeded to enhance it, pull it apart and think about what I wanted to achieve in the most creative and lateral way. The barn won a Sussex heritage award and our house has weathered and worn into a truly beautiful and modern twist on the Arts & Crafts movement. It’s given us 20 years of pleasure.

David and all his colleagues at DK Architects are a fine group of very creative individuals. Like all gifted designers David is not prepared to simply fulfil a brief or knock out mediocre work. Yes he wants his buildings to please his clients and fulfil bring their dreams to life but he also strives to provide the community with architecture that makes the soul sing.

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