Quinn Architects

Project QA104
Title Beach House
Location North Essex
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  • A playful beach house for weekend use which frames the magnificent views of the nature reserve and the English Channel.

    This modest dwelling is a recent addition to a row of beach houses in Lee-Over-Sands, a remote hamlet community near Clacton-on-Sea. The brief from our clients, two artists; called for a simple and modern holiday retreat and studio, with two bedrooms, a bathroom and generous living space.

    Our design also included a large low level storage area for leisure equipment and a sheltered terrace to take in the expansive views. This seemingly humble yet technically complex project and its success as a self-build, relied on a close dialogue between Quinn Architects and the clients.

    The materials used throughout the build were chosen for their robust qualities and ability to withstand the seaside climate, as well as appearing attractive in their raw state. The minimalist structure is clad in aluminium sheets, radiating a utilitarian but also modern approach. This material wraps around the whole upper level while the concrete base supports the structure and protects it against the elements.