Pobble House, Kent

Limited pallette, elegant details

Credit: Charles Hosea

Guy Hollaway Architects for Shilen Patel

Contract value: Undisclosed

GIA: 2250m2

Set against the bleak wilderness of Dungeness and its nuclear power station, this modest set of volumes forms a unique family retreat. A limited palette of timber, cement board and Corten steel is combined deliberately and carefully to give the house a strong profile of three pitched roof cabins, with a side pod appearing to float lightly above the shingle. A larger block is linked to a smaller children's dormitory block, connected by a glass bridge, and includes a timber deck that wraps around the glazed elevation. 

  • Credit: Charles Hosea
  • Credit: Charles Hosea
  • Credit: Charles Hosea
  • Credit: Charles Hosea
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Elegant details include the treatment of the windows cut into the external boarding and the simple way rainwater drains back into the shingle around the building perimeter. Internally, a dark blue dining room includes a ribbon window that perfectly frames the view out. There is a lot to admire in this small but perfectly-formed house.

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