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West Wittering Cafe

West Wittering Cafe

Client:
West Wittering Estate PLC

Contractor:
Sienna Construction

Project Manager:
SMD Consultancy Ltd

West Wittering Estate's new cafe is a new c.350sqm food hub at the heart of the West Wittering Estate, comprising cafe, shop, extendable seasonal outlets, education space and management facilities. The scheme was originally designed to be of the earth itself and so as we take the scheme through its latter stages of development, its materials and textures are critical to its success. The very beauty and drama of its setting, West Wittering, is the harsh and ever changing environment determined to shape and weather anything and everything which stays too long.

The project comprises a series of interlocking spaces beneath green roofs growing indigenous plants including local grasses. These planted 'dunes' are framed with pre-patinated copper detailing over an outer skin of glass, timber and limestone gabions. The story of the beach and its surroundings are fundamental to the Client's desire to create a building which lives in harmony with its surroundings. The gabions will become more or less exposed as the sand shifts across the landscape.

In developing the detail of the design, re-using the richly textured redundant sea defences provides a unique opportunity to create a contemporary guarding which will preserve and reflect the weather which is such a central force in shaping the Witterings on a daily basis.