Secluded Hideout – Southampton Lair by Timothy Godbold and Sea Lodge Architecture
Southampton Lair features a layer of elements and insertions that breathe new life into the existing 1970s home. Timothy Godbold and Sea Lodge Architecture emphasise a design ethos centred on timelessness and longevity, transforming the secluded haven into a modern, textural place of retreat.
Taking cues from the iconic James Bond films and their renowned hideout homes, Timothy Godbold and Sea Lodge Architecture sought to enhance a sense of tranquillity and disconnection within Southampton Lair. Originally designed and built in the 70s by Eugene L. Futterman, the residence has undergone a transformation to become a place of calm. Harmonising tones and consistent materiality used both internally and externally serve to strengthen the home’s connection to its surroundings; externally, a dark paint envelops the house, ensuring it seamlessly blends into the established landscape.
Slightly elevated on the site, the overall form ascends gracefully to a point, welcoming in natural light through extensive glazing and heightening the sense of openness within. Upon arrival, the entrance is distinguished by bold bluestone steps, and the design incorporates sensory elements, offering an immersive experience and setting the scene for what lies inside. While maintaining an homage to the original design, both the form and outer cladding have been preserved, albeit refreshed with a new coat of paint. Inside, a similar angular approach highlights and honours stepped elements throughout the space.
Warmth takes centrestage, both inside and out. A prominent outdoor firepit graces the deck, integrated and nestled below the surface, while inside, a central fireplace also becomes a focal point in the living room. Durable materials adorn the newly renovated kitchen and bathroom spaces, ensuring their longevity. Plaster finishes also add subtle texture to the interior, accentuated by shifting light that dances across walls and floors, enhancing a feeling of depth. Integrated seating and displays further emphasise the interplay of shadows and forms carved throughout.
Designed as a sanctuary, the blend of materials and thoughtful arrangement of forms within Southampton Lair boosts a sense of peace. Timothy Godbold and Sea Lodge Architecture meticulously position openings to offer expansive views while also ensuring privacy where needed.