Crafting a coastal haven: Koto Design’s Innovative Eco-Cabin Retreat at The Point, Cornwall. In a captivating tale of design and nature’s embrace, the collaboration between Koto Design and The Point emerges as a celebration of open-air living and sustainable luxury.
A Fusion of Design and Nature Celebrating Sustainable Luxury
At the heart of this partnership are Jeremy and Eva Davies, the visionary owners of The Point. United by their shared appreciation for the Scandinavian ethos of Friluftsliv, (literally translated as “free air life”, is an expression meaning open-air living or outdoor recreation), they turned to Koto Design to weave their passion into reality. The concept, a cultural cornerstone that resonates deeply with the Eva Davies Scandinavian heritage, led them to commission Koto Design, marking the commencement of a journey that would breathe life into a project beyond expectations—introducing “Koto at The Point.”
Exploring Sustainable Luxury: An Interview with Koto Design
As the world embraces a growing desire for eco-friendly and nature-immersed living, Koto Design has emerged as a trailblazer in architecturally designed, energy-neutral cabins and homes. Their latest project, “Koto at The Point,” nestled along the picturesque North Cornish coast, brings together cutting-edge design, sustainable living, and breathtaking landscapes. We had the pleasure of speaking with Theo Dales, Johnathon and Zoe Little, the co-founders of Koto Design, to delve deeper into their design philosophy and explore the unique features of “Koto at The Point.”
Read our interview with Koto Design’s co-founders, Johnathon and Zoe, where we unravel the inspiration, innovation, and harmonious blend of design and nature that define this extraordinary collaboration.
Q: Could you tell us more about the philosophy behind Koto Design and what inspired you to create architecturally designed cabins?
Johnathon & Zoe: At Koto, our design philosophy revolves around harmony – a coexistence between nature, quality design, and cherished moments spent with loved ones. Our passion for Scandinavian simplicity and Japanese design principles guided us to create spaces that are not just structures, but immersive experiences that connect people to the natural world.
Q: The “Koto at The Point” project seems like a remarkable venture. Can you describe the cabins and the inspiration behind their design?
Zoe: Certainly! “Koto at The Point” is a unique project set amidst the stunning landscapes of Cornwall. The cabins, have a 100 square meters floor plan, crafted with a meticulous blend of British black charred timber cladding and glass, merging seamlessly with the surrounding nature. Expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding doors bring in natural light, inviting guests to immerse themselves in awe-inspiring views while offering a cosy retreat from the elements.
Q: Could you tell us more about the collaboration between Koto Design and The Point at Polzeath?
Theo: This collaboration is a true fusion of design, landscaping mastery, and natural beauty. “Koto at The Point” marries Koto’s innovative design with the award-winning landscaping expertise of Darren Hawkes. The site incorporates 400 meters of Cornish stone walling and is thoughtfully landscaped with indigenous plants and grasses, creating an enchanting escape.
Q: What makes these cabins sustainable, and how do they contribute to a harmonious coexistence with the environment?
Zoe: Sustainability is at the core of our design. The cabins are constructed from sustainably sourced timber, and their carbon-neutral design actively removes CO2 from the atmosphere. Our cabins blend effortlessly with the landscape, and extensive re-wilding efforts at The Point create a sanctuary for guests to reconnect with nature.
Q: What sets “Koto at The Point” apart from traditional holiday accommodation, and what experiences can guests expect?
Johnathan: “Koto at The Point” offers a unique blend of luxury, sustainability, and responsible tourism. These meticulously designed cabins are dedicated holiday homes, ensuring that the local housing stock remains unaffected. Guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Cornwall while enjoying exceptional leisure facilities such as a golf course, padel courts, gym, indoor swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and tennis facilities. It’s a place where guests can truly unwind, create lasting memories, and contribute to the preservation of the local community.
Q: Any final thoughts or messages you’d like to share with those interested in sustainable living and design?
Theo: We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while enjoying the comfort of a minimal, eco-friendly cabin. With The Point, we are thrilled to offer these thoughtfully designed spaces that inspire a profound connection between people and the world around them.
As our conversation with Johnathan and Zoe concludes, it’s evident that Koto Design’s commitment to sustainable luxury is not just about building cabins; it’s about creating experiences that redefine the way we connect with the natural world. “Koto at The Point” is poised to be a pioneering extension of eco-friendly living and an invitation to embrace the serenity of Cornwall’s landscapes.