‘Luscombe’ is an exclusive gated development of three luxury houses located in the ‘Luscombe Valley’ in Poole, Dorset, designed by David James Architects for Excellare, in association with Chinacorp.
The designs evolved from the concept of ‘organic architecture’; amplifying harmony between the dwellings and their setting. The house designs complement the sylvan setting allowing the occupants to feel at one with their environment.
The site at Luscombe, occupies a spectacular natural wooded setting presiding over Poole Harbour, with views to Brownsea Island and the Isle of Purbeck beyond. Luscombe is a private enclave surrounded by pine trees adjoining the Luscombe Valley Nature Reserve and the renowned Parkstone Golf Course. The development is also within easy walking distance to Poole Harbour, and is located within easy reach of the Sandbanks Penninsular.
These three contemporary super-homes, named Optima, Orseleta and Ortega, are solidified into the ground with natural stone. Light horizontal aluminium elements link vertical timber fins, which compliment the sylvan surroundings. The houses have 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.
Two of the three houses offer living space over three floors, including a pool and fitness suite to the lower ground floor. The smaller of the three, the award winning ‘Ortega’, offers its own impressive credentials. 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 accommodation, comprising the bedrooms, master suite and study.
David James Architects undertook the planning, detailed design and interior architecture for this project. The developers have recently won an award for Ortega, in the category of ‘Residential Property, Dorset’, at the UK Property Awards 2019