Atlantic Rise is a development of 28 one and two bedroom retirement apartments in a spectacular location on the coast at Bude. Life here brings you the best of both worlds – the privacy of your own home, together with the opportunity to spend time with neighbours who share similar interests.
With its timber cladding and locally quarried stone, so characteristic of the Cornish landscape, the design of Atlantic Rise is elegantly suited to its clifftop setting. The entrance opens onto an attractive paved courtyard which, like the Club Lounge and the terrace, takes full advantage of the wonderful location.
We caught up with Katie Lloyd, an Associate at Wood Bagot, the design experts who have brought the interiors of Atlantic Rise to life. She let us in on her design inspirations, her favourite details, and the secret of maximising those sea views.
Katie Lloyd, associate Woods Bagot
What were the key inspirations for the interiors of Atlantic Rise?
Our key inspiration is the coastline and waterways in Cornwall. For example, the colour palette was influenced by the look and feel of Cornish beach huts, many of which are painted in strong yellows, blues, reds and greens. The shelving is decorated using Atlantic driftwood that we collected from beaches along the north coast of the county. The design of the rope lamps and footstools are influenced by the appearance of the traditional ships that once sailed between the Bude Canal and the Bristol Channel.
What is your favourite feature?
It has to be the striped wallpaper in the Club lounge. Rather than hang it in a conventional ‘top-to-bottom’ way, we chose to hang it horizontally so that it almost mimics the view of the horizon of the sea view outside and, in a sense, helps to bring the external landscape inside the building. When I first walked into this space after the wallpaper had been hung, a mist was coming in off the sea and the colours inside seemed perfectly matched with the view outside.
Are there any local craftsmen or suppliers that are featured?
The painted bookshelves in the Club lounge were made by a local supplier in Bideford. Much of the artwork which hangs in the property is from the Blue Heron Gallery in Bude – we especially like the posters of Bude and other areas of Cornwall showing how the area would have looked like a century or more ago. We visited a number of antique shops and craft stores in the town over a period of time browsing for authentic local objects that could be displayed in the club lounge.
Can you briefly describe your process for designing the communal areas?
Before we began designing the space, we felt it would be best conceived mainly as a sociable space which provided plenty of opportunities for residents to get to know one another as well as being a welcoming place to entertain their families and friends, while still including some areas for residents who simply want to enjoy quiet views across the sea. We were keen to include a large table where residents could enjoy playing board games or cards, or share a group meal, or even use it as a shared teaching and study area.
To make the most of life at Atlantic Rise, the Building Host is on hand to help residents to arrange social gatherings in the Club Lounge, the garden, the terrace or, of course, on the beach, as well as organising trips further afield in Cornwall.
With a commanding view of the ocean and surrounding coastline, Atlantic Rise is just minutes away from Bude's spectacular beaches. The much-loved sea pool and golf course are nearby and the town itself, with its variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, is just a short walk away.
This impressive two-bedroom apartment has been designed with natural materials to reflect the coastal setting. It features a spacious open-plan living area, light bedrooms with plenty of storage space and a large terrace that offers panoramic sea views.
The package is being offered as a "free" move, so the following fees will all be covered: