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The Decca Radar Station

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The Decca Radar Station

Location: Dungeness
Architect: MS-DA
Client: Johnson Naylor
Main contractor: The Naylor Marlow Partnership
Joinery & interior fit-out: Shape London
Interior architecture: MS-DA and Johnson Naylor
Project management: Forma London, Andrew Bassant
Timber structure: Burkat AG Trilengo
Wood supplier: Schilliger Holz
Photography: Billy Bolton
Wood species: Canadian, American and British white oak, Swiss fir, European spruce

Decca, a record label founded in 1949, used two sheds on the shingle beach of Dungeness to test new radar equipment. Several platforms and support structures were added over the years but eventually everything fell into disrepair. A holiday let for two, where visitors can enjoy the views of Dungeness’s desert like surroundings, now sits on the Decca site. The design responds to local architecture, such as fishermen’s huts and metal sheds, and finds the balance between rugged landscape and cosy shelter. The construction is a SIP panel externally lined with dense wood fibre board. The substructure is entirely fir. Internally, it is clad with white oak veneered panels and solid raw hemlock.