'Vase' building plaudits

PUBLISHED: 14:29 23 November 2013

The Rocklands building on Rolle Road Exmouth. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 8439-47-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Rocklands building on Rolle Road Exmouth. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 8439-47-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Five town houses, inspired by a 'modernist glass vase', has seen the Exmouth architect who designed them make it to the finals of a prestigious award.

Rocklands, in Exmouth’s conservation area on Trefusis Terrace was shortlisted for best small housing development at the National Building Excellence Awards.

The distinctive building, inspired by classic modernist glass vase, was built by developer Eagle One Homes and designed by Exmouth’s Paul Humphries Architects Ltd.

The local contender was pipped at the post in the end by a mews redevelopment in Chelsea.

“Best small housing award is a really competitive category, so we were bowled over to be shortlisted,” said Paul Humphries the practice’s principal architect.

“People have commented that the curved aspects of the facade have a nautical feel like the bow of a ship but the inspiration actually came from a glass vase, curved in three directions, created by Danish modernist architect and designer Arne Jacobsen.”

Chris Fayers, director of Eagle One Homes, added: “We believe we have created a building of real distinction in Rocklands which complements the existing architecture in the area but makes an impact. It’s great to have that recognised nationally.”

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