Natural slate cladding for a sustainable contemporary dwelling

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Natural slate cladding for a sustainable contemporary dwelling

Natural slate cladding for a sustainable contemporary dwelling. CUPACLAD rainscreen cladding systems on this house by Alma-nac architects. (Courtesy Cupa PIzarras)

CUPACLAD rainscreen cladding systems were specified for the refurbishment of this contemporary dwelling located near Pett in South Essex (UK).

This family home combines sustainability with an eye on the future. The house, which has an internal floor area of approximately 4,300 square feet, was completed in 2014, after a construction period of 18 months. This private residence standing on a hilltop along the Sussex coastline was built to replace an old, undistinguished 1950s bungalow. The owners wanted it to be a sustainable, stylish home that would celebrate its hilltop location while meeting their needs as they grow older.

The aim of Alma-nac architects was to create a building that makes the most of its enviable location in the natural environment, offering 360° views. The specified materials–natural slate on the facade, wooden window frames, stone walls in the garden–give it an additional boost to fit into its surroundings.

The ground floor is angled in two directions away from the entrance to enclose a wind-sheltered space overlooking the meadow at the back.

The upper level of the Split House features CUPACLAD® 201 Vanguard facades, helping to prevent moisture from seeping in while enhancing the contemporary look of the house. The architects also underscored the desire to engage with the environment, and CUPACLAD® 201 Vanguard gives it an additional boost to fit into its surroundings.

“The home’s split form acts like a large sundial on the site, and the materials and recesses on the facade accentuate this changing quality of light throughout the day,” said architect Caspar Rodgers.

CUPACLAD® 201 VANGUARD is a natural slate rainscreen cladding system with visible fixings. It combines stainless steel clips with slate texture to give a touch of modernity and reduce installation times compared to other ventilated facade systems.

CUPACLAD® systems are lightweight, easy to install, and they help to create a modern building appearance. In new constructions and in renovation works, CUPACLAD® slate cladding systems can be adapted to every architectural design. They flaunt the extraordinary natural properties of slate, helping to improve the efficiency of any building and giving it a unique personality.