Location: Cornwall, UK
Architect: Studio West Architects
Completed: March 2017
Private Residence


Situated overlooking the Carrick Roads, this stunning riverside property makes the most of its location and the amazing views. The house is positioned on the site so that the front façade of glass looks directly down to St. Anthony’s lighthouse on the Roseland Peninsula and out to sea.

The property was being built to sell, so the brief was to provide a good level of ambient lighting throughout, with extra features in the open plan living area and the main bedroom and bathroom suites.

Warm white dimmable LED downlights were used to create a relaxing atmosphere and in areas where there was artwork, they were adjusted to light the walls. These were combined with a variety of wall lights, uplights and 5A sockets so that the new owner could personalise the space with lamps. Rise and fall pendants were installed over the dining area, which could be raised when not in use to avoid obstructing the view.

The main challenge was the staircase. A bespoke open tread oak staircase spanned three floors within a glass atrium. It had a glass ceiling above, glass balustrades and the client did not want any wall lights. This meant the lighting had to be concealed within the staircase itself.  I worked with the stair manufacturer to create extra space within the string to house LED strip in order to cast a glow across the treads. The end result was really successful and created a beautiful lighting feature that could be viewed from both the interior and the exterior of the house at night.