The Architects’ Journal
Thursday 17 January 2008

PROJECT: Crank’s Castle – Refurbishment of house on coast

“A self-build project for one of the partners in the practice, the magnificently named Crank’s Castle is a house on top of a sea wall with fantastic views. Since the Government’s Draft Shoreline Management Plan made the future of the building uncertain, the new owner had to abandon plans for a re-build and extend the dilapidated original instead. She rearranged spaces within the existing footprint, for instance adding a generous hall for sandy clothes. A local carpenter made the windows, and those on the seaward side have external shutters to protect them from flying pebbles in winter storms. All the windows make the most of the views”. Ruth Slavid