Martello Tower Y
This award-winning conversion of a dilapidated Napoleonic sea defence tower into a contemporary home is highly respectful of both heritage and setting. A Scheduled Monument in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, it took a committed multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the design vision remained intact throughout two years of complex planning negotiations.
existing fabric, geometry, and form were key design drivers. A new
lightweight curving roof extension of steel and plywood,
prefabricated off-site using computer generated cutting patterns, is
lightly tethered to the existing structure and set back to minimize
visual impact. A deep curved skirt of frameless glass floats between
old and new and provides stunning 360-degree views of the coastal
landscape from within.
- Client: Private Client
- Location: Suffolk Coast, UK
- Type: Residential
- Gross Floor Area: 1,300 sqft
- Stage: Completed 2010
- RIBA Award 2010
- AJ 40 Under 40
- BD Architect of the Year Award 2014
- Refurbishment Architect of the Year Award, finalist
- RIBA Manser Medal 2010, finalist
- The Stephen Lawrence Prize 2010, finalist
An exemplary and unique conversion of this type of building.
The curving roof extension is not only sensitive to the monument and it’s setting, it echoes the sculptural interior of vaulted brickwork creating a congruency between contemporary and historic.
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