One of Watershedd’s latest schemes, Green Hedges is perched high on a rolling hillside overlooking Mawgan Porth beach in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Mawgan Porth is in the civil parish of Mawgan-in-Pydar, at the seaward end of the Vale of Lanherne where the River Menalhyl meets the sea.
The small town consists of a pub, a general store, and several hotels, guest houses and caravan parks. The hamlet, backed by dunes with cliffs at each end, is a popular surfing location.
Featuring seven bedrooms, a large open plan living area and an independently accessed surfboard room and sauna, Green Hedges villa by Watershedd Architecture has been composed with serene and sociable modern living in mind.
“This project has become a catalyst for our design ethos, aiming to marry beautiful aesthetics with practical living, using local craftsmen and sustainable architecture to help blend the building seamlessly into the sand dunes that surround it.”
Each facade is wrapped in a blend of locally sourced Cornish stone and Red Cedar timber, beneath a pitched zinc and living grass roof, creating a property that sits in harmonious dialogue with its natural surroundings.
Tucked away behind the eastern elevation, the approach consists of a private driveway leading to three covered walkways cut into the stonework, each concealing a point of entry. Looking up, a series of timber-clad louvre windows provides ample privacy and an enhanced aesthetic, while encouraging the morning sun to stream in and warm the interior.
Through the central walkway and across the threshold, a bright reception hallway divides the spacious kitchen and dining area to the left and a comfy lounge area to the right, each focussed towards the large glass windows gazing directly out to sea.
Soaring double-height ceilings and a mezzanine style landing allows sunshine to flood in via a roof light, located above the handcrafted staircase.
On the first floor, four double bedrooms each boast their own similarly stunning ocean views out through floor to ceiling windows.
Photography: Evie Johnstone