Thursday, December 02, 2010

Shingle House, by Nord

Nord has completed the second house in Alain de Botton’s holiday home initiative, Living Architecture, on the beach in Dungeness, Kent.

Sited two doors down from the late film director Derek Jarman’s famous cottage, the Shingle House replaces a former fisherman’s house and smokery, to whose footprint and envelope the architects had to adhere.

“It is conceived as three separate buildings,” says project architect Mark Bell. “Different houses for the rituals of living, cooking and bathing.”

The three forms follow the volumes of the former house, smokery and garage, but sport a hierarchy of exaggerated roof pitches. They are connected by glazed openings and a white concrete spine that runs from the kitchen sideboard, along the floor of the hall, rising up to form a chimney, hearth and staircase in the open plan living room. Purpleheart flooring lines the kitchen and living space, extending out on to a screened west-facing terrace...

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Originally published in BD, 2 December 2010