Threefold Architects


  • An island hotel

Reconnecting the headland and sea stack, a new standalone hotel suite for the Grade II listed Burgh Island Hotel situated on a remote tidal island in South Devon.

In place of a collapsed mudstone cliff arch the building sits over a still tidal pool to the west and the turbulent waters of the Bantham estuary to the east. The architecture is informed by the stratified geology of the site to create a unique building embedded in the landscape, a vessel to capture light and frame views.

Accessed via a slice in the landscape the structure is composed of 3 primary concrete ‘strata’ which elevate the building above the sea stack and organise the stepped internal spaces, each with specific framed views of the land and seascape. The structure is draped with a secondary veil of fine brass fins which add a layer of privacy and solar shading as well as channelling rainwater back to the sea.

The suite contains a bedroom with dressing area, bathroom and writing table over looking the estuary with a lounge and dining area to the west. Exposed concrete and bleached timber combine with brass details referencing the nautical history of the site.

Project Data

Client: Burgh Island Hotel

Type: Commercial

Area: 3980 sqft

Status: Feasibility

Location: Devon

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