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The Shingle House is a vacation home designed by Scottish architectural firm NORD for Living Architecture. The holiday house is located on the shingle beach of Dungeness, near Romney Marsh. The beach is classified as a natural reserve and contains many fisherman’s huts, two lighthouses and small station for coastal steam train. The entire beach is a home for invertebrate communities and birds. The house which sleeps up to 8 people is finished in tarred black shingles on outside and in a beautiful palette of concrete and wooden timbers inside.
Living Architecture is the same firm which also runs Balancing Barn we featured earlier in this blog. In designer’s words, “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.”
Image Courtesy: NORD