Modern Home from Historical Defense Tower in England
The home’s designer and owner Duncan Jackson worked closely with Piercy Conner Architects to create a comfortable, contemporary living space that maintains the aesthetic integrity of the historically registered defense tower at Suffolk, England. The project solved a set of thorny issues while creating a truly gracious home in the wetlands that preserves a unique piece of history. The resulting residence looks like it would be right at home on the Star Wars planet Tatooine.
At the beginning of the 1800′s a series of round defense towers rose across the English coast to protect the British Empire. After much deliberation and design work an elegant solution was reached, it was a simple light metal roof rises above the top deck, while a circle of windows tucked beneath it allow generous light inside without overly disturbing the form of the original building. The only entrance is through a small door at the bottom that leads into a large storeroom once used for armaments and cannonballs.
The bedrooms are located on the first floor where windows would neither be practical nor historically responsible. A circular stair leads up though the vaulted ceiling to the living space at top. Windows along the brim of the tower open to the dramatic field beyond. A generous smattering of light tubes bring daylight into the heart of the space, illuminating of the heavy stonework that will be preserved for generations to come.