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South Street: Riverside English Home in Cor-Ten Steel and Concrete

A riverside home that offers an unabated view of the gently flowing waters and the landscape beyond is definitely an enticing prospect for any homeowner. Residences overlooking lakes and rivers have a certain sense of serenity and ‘natural balance’ about them that makes them so very alluring, and the South Street in East Sussex, England is no different. But what sets this fabulous modern home next to River Ouse apart is its striking exterior crafted mainly from Cor-Ten steel and in-situ concrete with glass and brick also being used sporadically. Giving the exterior a bright orange and modern industrial appeal, this smart residence designed by Sandy Rendel Architects draws your attention instantly.

Exquisite use of concrete and cor ten steel gives the home an industrial modern look South Street: Riverside English Home in Cor Ten Steel and Concrete

A roughcast concrete river wall stands between the house and the river’s edge and sets clear boundaries, while the silhouette of the house and the ‘raw’ nature of the elements used in construction draw from local architecture and its historic, industrial past. The concrete lower structure offers a perfect, stable base for the four-bedroom residence, with the cor-ten walls and roof of the top level bringing in the wow factor. On the inside, the image changes dramatically, with neutral hues and the warmth of wood offering a relaxing, contemporary retreat.

Gorgeous modern four bedroom home in South Downs National Park, East Sussex

Exterior of the East Sussex home combines industrial past with modern aesthetics

Cor-ten steel walls and roof of the home in South Downs National Park

Brick, glass, steel and concrete shape a unique English home

View of the river and beyond from the lower level living room

Nestled down on the lower level of the residence is the open living area, dining room, kitchen and a study, while the top floor houses five spacious and comfy bedrooms with wonderful river views. A parking area and sunken garden at the front of the house offer a buffer of sorts and keep out the busy street noises, even as a beautiful courtyard provides a spacious hangout for the entire family. [Photography: Oliver Perrott]

Dining room and kitchen of the South Street

Neutral color palette coupled with wood inside the house

Relaxing contemporary bedroom in white and dark blue

Concrete and cor-ten steel home on the banks of River Ouse

Floor plan of first level of house on river bank with concrete base level

Second level floor plan of riverside English home with five bedrooms

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