The master bedroom and guest suite on the ground floor boast awe-inspiring gravity-defying large vertical sash windows fulfilling today’s architectural demand for maximum light and interaction with the outside thanks to the high levels of thermal insulation, solar protection and transparency. This sliding window system creates a double height space using a hidden pulley-controlled counterweights system to move the large panes of glass up and down. Once opened, the lower section remains fixed and in place forming part of the balustrade. The horizontal frame which supports both panes of glass is only a remarkable 21mm wide achieving uninterrupted views with slim sightlines that lead to the beautiful indoors, which is exactly the desired effect.
IQ worked closely with Guernsey builders, JW Rihoy to design the steel structured frames to support the oversized glazing and ensure that logistics planning was pin precision for this coastal house nestled in the exclusive Fort George enclave.
Each room within the home has been designed to make the best of every viewpoint from the ornately landscaped stepped gardens, to the moorings and out to the sea.
The extensive structural glazing incorporated within this coastal project achieves high thermal performance without compromising on the aesthetically stunning glazed walls, which capture the vistas like a work of art.
The exposed hilltop position overlooking the sea meant that both wind loading and thermal insulation would be key considerations in order to conform with performance targets of the Guernsey home renovation as well as achieving the optimum U values.
Despite the topographic site challenges, the home would be featuring our vertical sliding sash windows in key locations on the rear elevation. The inclusion of these large vertically sliding sash windows would embrace all the natural elements and frame stunning panoramic vistas without compromise.