OPEN HOUSE PUMP STATION BY JOHNSON NAYLOR ARCHITECTS
Don’t be fooled by its simple exterior. This remote pump house in the wilds of Dungeness, Kent conceals a slick, stylish home
This enigmatic, single-storey concrete-framed former Coastguard Tower was built in 1941 as one of a number of simple structures used to house equipment for Operation Pluto – the World War II mission to pump fuel under the sea to support the D-day landings. The Pump Station, along with neighbouring buildings, was built to look like a house or fisherman’s shed to avoid attention. Later, it was used as a Sunday School and Mission Church, as well as forming a home for a masonic lodge known as The Buffaloes.
After it fell into disuse, interior architect Fiona Naylor ( left) and her late husband, renowned photographer Peter Marlow, spotted the potential of The Pump Station and purchased it with the ambitious aim of converting it to residential use. Naylor’s design respects the special setting and unique history of this building, which retains its utilitarian façade, concealing the comfortable interior within. Here, the raw feel of the concrete coffered ceiling and concrete walls is tempered by warmer elements, including the timber floors. The fireplace forms a key focal point for the largely openplan living space, complete with seating and dining areas, and a kitchen. Two bedrooms and bathrooms are situated at the other end of the house, which is now shared with renting guests, who are regularly drawn to this mesmerising seaside spot on the South Coast. johnsonnaylor.co.uk
Naylor’s design respects the special setting and the unique history of this building, which retains its austere utilitarian façade