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Grand Designs?

On 13 Aug 2014 at 8:13am Tipex wrote:
Yesterday I saw Kevin McCloud being filmed on camera on the plot of land opposite the Snowdrop. Does anyone know whether they're doing an episode of this excellent series based on the new build? Let's hope the owners come up with something more imaginative than the usual "glass, chrome and floating walls" efforts...
On 14 Aug 2014 at 12:30am local wrote:
I saw an entirely unremarkable-looking corten steel house in Lewes featured in Wallpaper magazine about a year ago - I guess that could be for the site you describe. Yawn.
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On 20 Aug 2015 at 10:36am John0 wrote:
I've been watching that house at the end of South Street go up. I think it looks amazing, particularly from the nature reserve. I'd like to see more contemporary architecture in the town of this quality, rather than the usual mass produced developer pastiche. What do others think ?
On 20 Aug 2015 at 11:03am Someone wrote:
I completely agree, John0. I was out with the dog on the railway land yesterday and looking at the building work going on on the opposite bank. It's difficult to see what the other newbuilds will look like, but developers don't offer anything very interesting as a general rule.

There's also a very interesting new building going up at the top of Juggs Road. There used to be some derelict chicken sheds there: the architects have pinned up a picture and explanation of the structure which looks quite exciting - I liked the weathered sheds and it looks as if the new building will echo that.
On 20 Aug 2015 at 12:55pm wrote:
I've seen the proposal for Jugg's road too. It seems there's a couple of interesting new builds going up in Lewes. It will be interesting to see the house on South Street on TV if they're filming it for Grand Designs. My neighbour said she spoke to the owner. He's got a basset hound. She said he seemed a nice guy and was willing to show her around. He's got a young family, it's good to see younger people moving into the town and making a positive contribution.
On 22 Oct 2015 at 5:50pm Helen@Brum wrote:
Loved the Corten house featured on Grand Designs, and we will make a diversion on our next holiday to look at it. We are ex Sussex residents who remember the old industrial site very well. The house fits perfectly in the landscape and within the industrial context. What a lot of boring NIMBYs in Lewes! - it's not like it's in the centre of town. Maybe people thought the castle was a bit avant-garde in its day?
On 24 Oct 2015 at 9:40am Christine wrote:
Saw this house on Grand Designs this week, looks awful and out of place. Very fitting for the odious little git that built it.
I'm surprised he bothered with windows, he's so far up him his own crack I doubt the light would penetrate.
On 25 Oct 2015 at 10:48am AE wrote:
By all means share your opinion of the house. But calling someone nasty names on a forum makes you the odious little person Christine.
On 25 Oct 2015 at 12:06pm Wesley wrote:
Christine - You clearly don't know anything about design and can gather from your comment that you probably live in one of these logo land boring housing schemes... You also clearly have no manners... I think the house looks absolutely amazing and individual... I would love to swap it for mine!! Funny how opinionated people are reading all the comments... In the end of the day it is nobody's business what someone wants to build, they are paying for it, not you??
On 25 Oct 2015 at 8:44pm Tom Prune wrote:
The underlying feeling is that this house represents or could come to represent is the 'Transition' of lewes.. The little fancy house, seen as thee enters Lewes, changing the mindset, moving lewes forward(hmmmm?) easy then to succumb to the regeneration(Ha!) of the Phoenix estate... Just a thought..
On 27 Oct 2015 at 9:18am R Kitecture wrote:
Yes the owner has both to pay for it and live with his decisions, but as the building exists in our shared environment, especially in a prominent noticeable site such as this, then anyone living near or passing by can have an opinion. Some aspects of this house are in keeping with the local buildings, ie the pitched roof, the attractive brickwork, even the orange of the corten is not a million miles from the orange of nearby terracotta roof tiles. What interests me now is how this house will weather - will rain wash rusty streaks across the pale concrete areas and brick walls? How long will it stay looking like an archirect's impression?
On 26 Aug 2016 at 9:49am JC wrote:
Amazing. Nailed the site and brief. Disappointing to hear otherwise. Arguments of ignorance will ultimately fade away. The site was originally industrial - all this does is enhance the property and location. Super impressed inside and out.

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