From the Cottage Orné to architect RW Sampson
In many ways, Sidmouth can be considered ‘Solarpunk’:
Solarpunk in the Sid Valley? – Vision Group for Sidmouth
Solarpunk is alive and well in the Sid Valley! – Vision Group for Sidmouth
But to what extent is its architectural ethic to be found in Sidmouth?
The aesthetics of Solarpunk are very much Art Nouveau and Art Deco – which are both forward and backward looking.
Here’s a reference to the founder of Solarpunk:
In her original post in 2014 missolivialouise suggested the aesthetics for the newly created genre could be based in Art Nouveau/Edwardian styles. This is a fantastic idea as there is a lot of natural elements and organic themes in Art Nouveau. To see a movement from the 1890’s-1900’s reinvented with futuristic ideals and technologies, with an emphasis on nature would be amazing. The idea of solarpunk has captured the imagination of many people on Tumblr and beyond. There have been a few publications made (one example here) and many artworks showing what a “Solarpunk” future would look like.
Art Nouveau Style: Solarpunk & Art Nouveau
And Sidmouth has a few fine examples:
This good size three bedroom detached house built in the 1920’s has a number of attractive period features, in particular Art Deco and Art Nouveau fireplaces.
Cinema Picture Palace in Sidmouth, GB – Cinema Treasures
The style used by the Sid Valley’s pre-eminent architect is very much connected to the Arts and Crafts Movement – with Sampson’s fine houses lining Bickwell Valley (pictured)
Windmill House, Hillside Road
Sidmouth also has the odd modernist piece:
On the market: Stan Bolt-designed modernist property in Sidmouth, Devon
But it is the ‘vegetal’ forms of the Cottage Orné which are very Sidmouth:
“A rustic building of picturesque design.”
With several wonderful examples of this design here:
sidmouth “cottage orne” – Google Suche
photo: Bickwell Valley, Sidmouth: google maps