The Shingle House

The Shingle House is an award-winning RIBA house in Dungeness, Kent. Situated on one of the largest shingle beaches in Europe there are just 40 houses on the headland (so there is a real sense of community). The bleak but beautiful location is home to designers, artists and filmmakers.

To the front is a view of the shingle beach, sea and disused fishering boats, to the rear is a working narrow gauge train line and a nuclear power station. Not your usual holiday destination.

The house comprises of four double bedrooms, two shower-rooms, one bathroom and one separate toilet. The kitchen and dining room are accessed via a glass hall. The entire house basks in natural light and most rooms have sliding doors to embrace the surrounding environment.

The interiors are a mix of vertical cladding – white inside and a beautiful charred black outside. The house feels solid with a concrete footing. The colours are a muted blend that compliment the vista. Our son, Stanley, aged four, is a typical ‘busy boy’ but found the space very calming and was in fact reluctant to leave, which is unusual for him.

It’s the perfect space for reflection. We all left after our five day stay recharged and refreshed.

Photography & Post by: Fiona Burrage of Norfolk