Inside this sculptural self build on the Kent coast

Take a tour of a modern seafront self build home in Kent inspired by its surroundings in an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

By Hugh Metcalf | 26 February 2020

Sat among the dunes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this striking home adds something special to the local landscape.

The Stones seafront house on kent coast by CZWG Architects - grand designs

Image: Dirk Lindner

The design of this sculptural build by CZWG Architects, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Kent coast between Dungeness and Greatstone, was inspired by its surrounding landscape. Not only does this include the distant view of chalk cliffs, but also, perhaps more unusually, the bend in the road it sits upon.

The street front features a sloping, curved salt-glazed brickwork, accentuating the curved road as well as acting as a screen to the wider home, with just the angular, timber-clad porch hinting at what lies beyond.

New perspectives

The Stones seafront house on kent coast by CZWG Architects - grand designs

 Image: Dirk Lindner

A combination of irregular and interesting shapes, the home takes on a different character from every angle. At the heart of the building, a large truncated triangle containing the living area, which, in combination with the external timber cladding, CZWG architects describe as echoing “the inverted hulls of ships which feature constantly on the horizon.”

A different level

The Stones seafront house on kent coast by CZWG Architects - grand designs

 Image: Dirk Lindner

The master bedroom and living room are on the first floor, with additional bedroom sit on the ground floor – level with the road, but sunk below the seafront dunes for a more intimate setting. A cantilevered terrace hovers above to create a spot for al fresco dining.