Sandown - 2 Sandown Street, Brighton
These four luxury apartments on Brighton’s ‘Golden Mile’ are more akin to homes, with each the size of a house, at 250 to 300 square metres. Complete with basement car parking and large storerooms, there’s not the usual requirement of rationalising possessions with the move to these coveted beach side apartments.
This unique development from developer Evergrande, features two ground floor apartments, each with its own front and rear terrace-style gardens. The two apartments on the first floor are also well endowed each with its own rooftop garden. One of these apartments also has its own swimming pool, beautifully framed with a bluestone wall and bluestone steps. The effect is almost as if the pool has been carved in the bluestone: to achieve this effect everything had to be precise down to the millimetre.
The reinforced concrete block development with interiors by Hassell, are aimed at the high end of the market, those with an appreciation of quality and detail. It’s the level of detail that many strive towards, whether it’s the tiling or the bespoke joinery. Stone feature walls, in situ concrete and timber floors add to the luxurious palette of materials. The selection of materials is uncommon today, particularly this degree of solidity. When you’re creating this type of development, it’s important to use the best in everything. But given the location, it’s also important to allow the views to speak for themselves.
The apartments include large open plan kitchen and living areas, with generous balconies and gardens. And each of the apartments three bedrooms comes with an ensuite bathroom, akin to staying at a five star hotel. ‘The scale at Sandown is impressive, with the apartments feeling more like detached homes. You could say they follow the more European-style apartments,” says interior designer Scott Walker, Principal at Hassell.
Like some of the grand European apartments, these homes have been carefully zoned into separate living and bedroom wings. “We could easily have added more rooms in the design, but we felt that it was more appropriate to create privacy both visually and in terms of acoustics between the two wings,” says Walker.
Unlike a number of apartment developments in Brighton and the bayside areas that find their architectural inspiration from the large period manor houses across Europe, Sandown is refreshingly clean and contemporary, with simple clean lines and well-chosen materials, fixtures and fittings. “The developer Michael Elliot wanted to created a benchmark in the area, something that others would follow and strive towards,” says Walker.