Contemporary Etoile du Nord In Castel, Guernsey

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Jane Mullock
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Built in 2010 in Castel, Guernsey by Jamie Falla Architecture, Etoile du Nord is a superb home that provides modern, comfortable living conditions in the middle of a picturesque site surrounded by beautiful vegetation. The beautiful views of the ocean and of the environment can be admired by the residents from almost every room or from the rooftop, which boasts a terrace as well as a small lawn.

Inside, the living room features floor-to-ceiling glass walls as well as a fireplace, a comfortable white sofa and a coffee table. The house impresses with a clean, minimalistic design and with multiple glass elements, whether we’re talking about the large windows, glass walls or glass railings. The different levels of Etoile du Nord are connected by a staircase that features floating glass steps as it leads to the upper floor, which flaunts a small library and an office.

Photos by Richard Brine

From the architect:

The re-modeling of an existing house allows Etoile du Nord to nestle into the hillside overlooking Vazon bay. Its stepped form and layered use of materials are designed to merge into the surrounding landscape and throughout the building careful detailing blurs the boundary between inside and out.

Every opportunity has being taken to capture the spectacular views, the kitchen /dining area overlooks a double height living space and a specially engineered glass facade allows for equally impressive views from both.

The buildings north-east orientation and the clients brief for a light contemporary building resulted in the integration of large bespoke rooflights which channel light to the core of the living space.

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