Pobble House on Grand Designs

Pobble House has been featured on Grand Designs, after being longlisted for the 2015 RIBA Manser Medal; which is awarded to the designers of the best one-off house in the UK. Twenty homes made the longlist, from which Channel 4 and Kevin McCloud handpicked Pobble House to feature in the show which was broadcast in November.

Pobble House is located in a stark and open headland on the Kent & Sussex coast that is home to Europe’s largest expanse of shingle, classifying it as Britain’s only desert. The site is dominated by the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, the robust materiality and form of which contrasts to the natural surroundings. Local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original, which is the reason for the three simple forms that make up the design.

As quoted by Kevin McCloud;

'The RIBA judges were struck by how the arrangement of sheds like nesting tables, is pulled out over the beach'

They 'enjoyed the carefully framed views, Pobble they said is small but perfectly formed'

Published on 21 January 2016