Optima, Luscombe, Luscombe Valley, Poole, Dorset
Optima is one of three houses in Luscombe – a development designed by David James Architects for Excellare in association with China Corp. The design evolved from the concept of ‘organic architecture’; amplifying harmony between the dwellings and their settings. The house design complements 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 a nature reserve and golf course, and is within easy walking distance to Poole Harbour.
Optima offers substantial living space over three floors, including a pool and fitness suite to the lower ground floor. The dwelling is solidified into the ground with natural stone, from which light horizontal aluminium elements link vertical timber fins, which compliment the sylvan surroundings. The house has 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.
DJA undertook the planning, detailed design and interior architecture for this project.