Client: Studio West Architects
Year Completed: 2014
That is exactly what architect Simon Conder did with the conversion of Gelon Hanna House – a 1930s fisherman hut in Dungeness, Kent.
The plywood framed building was stripped back and used for all internal finishes including walls, floors, ceilings, doors and joinery. The external walls and roof were cladded in black rubber – the first insulation of its kind in the UK and, as Conder himself puts it “a technically more sophisticated version of the layers of felt and tar that are found on many of the existing buildings”.
He added: “Internally priority has been given to maximising the living areas and the house only has one small bedroom. Visitors are accommodated in a 1954 Airstream caravan which is parked next to the house, the silver of the aluminium caravan providing a striking visual contrast to the black rubber.”
We were delighted to be part of this innovative project and to be able to offer our unique product, vast experience and specialist skills to create what is a very striking property. Gelon Hanna House still stands proud on the Dungeness headland, and has been withstanding challenging weather conditions for 15 years.