David James Architects
Ortega is one of three luxury houses known as ‘Luscombe’, designed by David James Architects for renowned developers Excellare. The site occupies a spectacular natural wooded setting presiding over Poole Harbour, with views to Brownsea Island and the Isle of Purbeck beyond. Conceived from the concept of ‘organic architecture’, the design amplifies the harmony between the dwellings and their settings. The house design complements the sylvan setting allowing the occupants to feel at one with their environment. David James Architects undertook the planning, detailed design and interior architecture for this project.
Set in the largest plot at Luscombe, Ortega makes the most of its position within this verdant enclave, with its open plan living space and terrace overlooking the adjoining trees and grounds. The house is solidified into the ground with natural stone, from which light horizontal aluminium elements link vertical timber fins, which compliment the sylvan surroundings. Ortega has been designed to express a feeling of light with suspended elements in space, with floor to ceiling glass seamlessly integrating inside and out, whilst framing views. External materials fuse the inherent beauty of natural materials with an inspired aesthetic: western red cedar, zinc cladding and glass exude modernity, while Portland Stone expresses local Dorset character.
On arrival, one is struck by the cavernous, naturally illuminated double volume entrance hall from which all areas on the ground floor can be accessed. The entrance is flooded with light from the large over-head roof lights. A first floor bridge dissects this space and allows access to the study. The use of contrasting, tactile materials adds further to this space. Norstone stone cladding wraps around the central wall from which the bespoke walnut open tread staircase emerges. In-wall feature lighting follows the treads up to the first floor.
The interior detailing has been carefully considered. Individual specialist doors have been fitted throughout. The bespoke walnut tread staircase was designed by the architect, along with other additional interior architectural features which add to the individuality of this exclusive home.
Ortega features innovative home technology and sustainable features. The house has been fitted with an integrated lighting / home automation infrastructure, with programmable mood lighting to the ground floor, landing and Master Suite. Solar photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof, providing energy and enhancing the building’s sustainable credentials. Large expanses of solar control glazing and roof lights allow for natural light to enter the house and reduces the need for artificial lighting.
Externally, new landscaping enhances the native plants, existing trees and complements the architecture. Ortega is approached via a private road with electronically controlled entry gates leading to the three houses at Luscombe.
Ortega is a unique, exquisitely designed family home, nestled in amongst the trees. Cutting edge architecture married with luxury and refined detailing, have created a truly unique family home.
Photography by Tom Burn Media