Shingle House, Dungeness

Dungeness in Kent is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world. It is of international conservation importance for its geomorphology, plant and invertebrate communities and birdlife. This is recognised and protected through its conservation designations.

The location of the existing buildings and their material qualities dictated the external envelope of the house. Situated in the distinctive Dungeness landscape, it is important that the building is sensitive to its surroundings and sits comfortably with the local vernacular.

Designed as a ‘living experience’, the brief required a simple house comprising simple accommodation. The notion of daily ‘rituals’ and the close relationship with nature, are common features of the design approach, which have been used as a tool for organizing and positioning key spaces within the house.

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