Ness Point by Tonkin Liu

Ness Point

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

Ness Point is grown out of the dramatic landscape of the white cliffs of Dover.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

The undulating form of the plan orientates the internal spaces to different aspects of the landscape beyond. The house rises out of the cliff 50m above the sea.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

Each room is characterised by its own spectacular view: towards the cliffs along the coast, across the English Channel with the passing ships, and to the rising or setting sun.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

The texture of the white rendered walls of the building catches the dynamic and everchanging play of light that reflects off the sea below.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

Along the sea-facing southern facade, the house rises up towards the sky. Deep window recesses in the thick wall create sunshade.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

To the north, flush windows form internal niches in a top lit double-height art gallery.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

The highly sealed and insulated castle-like house utilises heat recovery and solar thermal renewable systems to maximise energy efficiency in the winter.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

Whilst the long gallery skylight enables controlled passive cooling in the summer.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

A bio-diverse green roof slopes down toward the rising site at the back, retaining rainwater and harbouring local wildlife, merging the house with the landscape into which it is anchored. Source by Tonkin Liu.

Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
  • Location: Dover, UK
  • Architect: Tonkin Liu
  • Structure: Eckersley O’callaghan
  • MEP: Mendick Waring
  • Sustainability: Abba Energy
  • Completion: March 2017
  • Photographs: Nick Guttridge, Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge
Ness Point
Photo © Nick Guttridge

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