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House on the Shore Iteration 02 | Private House

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.

As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.


House on the Shore / Iteration 02 | Normandy, France

New Build One-off House

Client: Private  

Type: Residential

This second iteration of the design for a contemporary beach house on the Normandy coast focuses on articulating the atmosphere of the forest as a considered part of the architecture and design language.

The exterior material treatment of the building must be capable of withstanding the beach environment; of driving winds and salty air. Thus the house uses strip birch cladding in a vertical ship lap arrangement contrasted with weathered steel detailing for the garden walls and thresholds.

Well placed large glazed openings frame coastal views while planted vines and creepers sprout from within the walling, and the dune forms are allowed to shape themselves up to the buildings edge.

The interior features a large contemporary open plan living environment housing kitchen, dining and living spaces, two humble bedrooms, and a large artist studio on the top floor that is able to be converted into a third bedroom. Elements of the strip birch cladding are evident inside the spaces continuing the language of the exterior architecture and compliment the polished concrete floor. Beach stores and informal seating areas complete the scheme.

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