Architectural – An approach that references the downland
In the preceding sections you will have read that we believe the architecture created within the chalk pit should specifically reference and ‘belong to’ the pit’s context and heritage.
To this end, the dominant visual theme of the development should be completely harmonious with its setting, so the skyline and silhouette of the building mass should be a series of curves that reflect and honour the surrounding downland.
It will be the job of the architects of the South Down Project to bring an innovative solution to such a unique environment.
To achieve this, they will potentially need to create a new, integrated and balanced “Garden Village” concept, and a destination in the South Downs that attracts people to live there, businesses to grow there, retailers to make their living there, and visitors to enjoy spending their leisure hours and money there.
1. The 500 seater auditorium, the back wall of which is the cliff.
2 View from the interior of a standard apartment
3 The square near the hotel
4 The 50 metre pool, with fully grassed roof