Cornish coastal development by Simon Conder


The rugged coast of northern Cornwall, on the south-west tip of the UK, is the setting for a new development from Simon Conder Associates.

The architectural firm has built two wooden houses into the side of a steep hill in the village of Porthtowan, which is close to the holiday resort of St Ives.

The client asked Simon Conder Associates for a family home and a smaller building housing an artist’s studio and guest apartment on a site overlooking a beach.


Two existing houses were removed to make way for the new buildings, which are partly buried in the hill to avoid obstructing views from properties higher up the slope.

The county of Cornwall – which has its own language and flag – is popular with artists and writers in Britain because of its landscape and the legends which have grown up in the area, including those of King Arthur.

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