New life for Kate's castle

New Life for Kate’s Castle

Cornwall’s CSA Architects have secured planning consent for a spectacular new dwelling at Tintagel, North Cornwall. Now derelict, Castle Minor was owned for ten years by actress Kate Winslet, after which it was gutted by fire last year.

Inspired by the culture and myths of this area, CSA have incorporated stone buttresses into their design, pictured with computer-generated imagery above, which will appear to emerge from the landscape. The curve of the building will create a protected “keep” at the home’s centre.

In playful reference to the fabled Tintagel Castle nearby, the new design also includes a moat and drawbridge. The site, oftf Atlantic Road, is a level plateau next to a quarry face. The hill is steep so CSA have embedded the tiered house into its landscape. This makes it feel protected but also gives the opportunity to include numerous terraces from which to enjoy spectacular views of the coastline.

Justin Dodge, managing director of CSA Architects is particularly pleased with the concept for Castle Minor.  “Our innovative design combines the latest technology with an understanding of historic dwellings to communicate the site’s unique history. Hewn out of the landscape, the new house will take a sculptural form which relates to the quarry face and the surrounding landscape.  Our design draws inspiration from King Arthur’s castle but benefits from modern renewable technologies that make it sustainable.”

Eco features include as a green roof grown from local species of flora and the use of local construction materials.

Justin concludes, “We believe that this is a landmark scheme for Cornwall and promotes the full capabilities of CSA Architects, a Cornish architectural practice using really innovative design techniques to create a unique dwelling.”

Work is due to begin later this year.

From: Western Morning News, April 20th 2013

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