The Shingle House is set in a dramatic, almost surreal landscape: It is located on the vast gravel beach of Dungeness, a stoný desert with rare plants and animal species. But in the nature reserve there are also scattered fishermen’s cottages, two lighthouses, the terminus of a miniature railway and a nuclear power plant whose silhouette can be seen in the distance. The building corresponds with this dramatic environment: it takes the shape of the neighbouring fishing huts and like them is covered with tarred black shingles. Inside it is bright white with a wooden floor resembling the purple colour of a wild flower blooming in August. The house is divided into three parts that are designed as single huts: the main house with living area and bedrooms is connected to the kitchen house and bath house via a corridor.
What to do
The popular Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway runs from Dungeness to Hythe along the coast, Romney Marshes , churches on the marsh, Dungeness Old lighthouse, take a walk to look at Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage Garden, visit one of the Cinque Ports, wander along to The Sound Mirrors, fly a kite along beautiful Camber Sands beach, visit the Kent & East Sussex Railway, Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Leeds Castle or Great Dixter House and Gardens, take a family trip to Sussex Rare Breed Centre or Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, if you're interested in nuclear energy: Dungeness B Visitor Centre and Tours, canal boat trip on the Royal Military Canal Hythe.
Why we like this house
Outstanding architecture situated in a breathtaking, most unusual and poetic landscape.
This house is great for
Perfect for families, friends and doglovers and all those wishing to experience life by the sea in an exceptional architectural and natural setting.
|Region||UK – United Kingdom, England, Kent, Dungeness|
|Name||The Shingle House|
|Scenery||shingle beach of Dungeness near Romney Marsh|
|Number of guests||Max. 8 people|
|Design||NORD Architecture, Glasgow|
|Published||schoener-wohnen.de and other|
|Specials||The house was built for the organisation Living Architecture. Living Architecture offers to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain.|
|Awards||RIBA award 2011|
|Criteria||1-6 (house/apartment), Dog-friendly, Sea|
|Same Partners||Secular Retreat, The Life House, The Long House, The Dune House, The Balancing Barn|
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