Black Rubber Beach House

Simon Conder Associates, Kent, 2003


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West facing elevation with Airstream caravan at dusk 

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  • West facing elevation with Airstream caravan at dusk    
  • House from the coast looking west towards Dungeness B Power Station    
  • View from the East looking towards the Power Station    
  • East facing elevation showing the folding glazed doors    
  • View of south facing elevation showing the cantilevered bath and folding glazed doors    
  • West facing elevation showing the Airtstream Caravan    
  • Looking towards the West Elevation and Airstream Caravan    
  • Constrast between matt black rubber and the shiny aluminium Airstream Caravan    
  • Shed reused as entrance lobby    
  • Snug looking towards the bedroom    
  • Living area looking south-east towards the coast    
  • View from bath looking south-east towards the coast    
  • Living area lit at night with the kitchen and dining area beyond    
  • Living area lit at night with Dungeness B nuclear power station lit beyond    
  • View from the Beach at Dusk    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Axonometric    
  • Door section detail    
  • Bath detailed section    

House on Dungeness Beach in Kent, clad entirely in black rubber; incorporates a freestanding 1956 Airstream caravan as visitor accommodation

The original building, which itself is the product of a series of changes and extensions since it was built as a fisherman’s hut in the 1930s, was stripped back to its timber frame, re-structured, extended to the south and east to capture the extraordinary views, and clad both internally and externally in Wisa-Spruce plywood from managed forests in Finland.

This plywood provides all the internal finishes, including walls, floors, ceilings, doors and joinery. Externally both walls and roof are clad in black rubber, a technically more sophisticated version of the layers of felt and tar found on many local buildings. The bath is cantilevered out over the beach giving dramatic views to the sea.

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.

The project was the first to use EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber waterproofing to clad an entire building.


  • Completed: Nov 2003
  • Floor area: 92m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £118,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Building Works
  • Address: Dungeness Beach, Dungeness, Kent, TN29, United Kingdom

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