The Seaside Rental: A Midcentury Beach House in the UK by

Issue 27 · Summer Rentals · July 10, 2014

The Seaside Rental: A Midcentury Beach House in the UK

Issue 27 · Summer Rentals · July 10, 2014

A seaside respite for midcentury architecture aficionados: Located on Hayling Island, off the Hampshire coast of England, this three-bedroom house was designed in 1963 by British architect Hedley Greentree, who was just starting his practice. Its open-plan spaces, clean lines, and exposed brickwork reflect the influences of 20th-century masters, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. A modernist anomaly in a British coastal setting, it's available for rent—and the beach is minutes away.

Photographs via The Modern House.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: The house has been extensively refurbished and updated in recent years, but the original cedar ceilings and floors of rare Brazilian Paraná pine are intact throughout.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: In an otherwise neutral palette, color makes an appearance in the upholstery of the dining room chairs—a version of Verner Panton's 1958 Cone Chair—and the refrigerator in the kitchen beyond. 

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: A careful balance has been struck between maintaining the best features of the original design and creating a comfortable, up-to-date 21st-century kitchen. 

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: Floor-to-ceiling glazed openings allow in natural light from the courtyard garden, keeping the dining and living room airy and bright.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: All horizontal surfaces, including the floating stair treads, are wood.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: Light from above casts shadows over the open-tread cantilevered stairs, one of the original features of the house.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above L and R: Painted brick walls add texture to the neutral palette.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: Upstairs, a second living room with a wall of windows runs along the width of the house. It overlooks the garden below.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: A white-framed TV sits unobtrusively on the coffee table.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: Painted brick walls and Brazilian Paraná pine floors continue into the bedrooms. A white butterfly chair in the corner is in keeping with the midcentury architecture. Learn about the origins of the chair in Object Lessons: The Classic Butterfly Chair.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: The house has three bedrooms, each with a double bed, and sleeps six. 

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: A long, trough-like sink maximizes space in the upstairs bathroom.

Hedley Greentree midcentury modern house in Hampsire UK, white brick, wood ceilings | Remodelista

Above: The house is on Hayling Island, a vacation destination known for sailing and windsurfing. It rents for £1,300 a week; go to The Modern House for more details. 

The map below shows the location of the house on Sea Front road and its proximity to the beach. Hayling Island is an hour-and-a-half train ride from London.

 

If you like the materials used in this house, see 10 Favorites: Exotic Wood in the Bath and Another Brick in the Wall. And on Gardenista, have a look at the World's Best Outdoor/Indoor Teak Furniture.



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