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.
Details of the property
Region/Town: UK – United Kingdom, Kent
Name: The Shingle House
Scenery: shingle beach of Dungeness near Romney Marsh
Design: NORD Architecture, Glasgow
Published: schoener-wohnen.de and other
Special Features: 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