Coastal Living

AA Diploma 15
Unit Masters: Lucy Styles and Sam Chermayeff


The project looks at introducing new ruralism to coastal towns that are currently in decay and decline. Taking Cromer as a testing ground to revitalise seaside towns, a new infrastructure that brings work into the coast. As the past few months have shown, we are no longer are limited to working in cities so why not work by the sea - a calmer and beautiful environment to be in. This brings a new economy to Cromer - instead of only relying on seasonal flux and tourism, the newly built infrastructure is a series of spaces for work and living. The intervention sits in a leftover space between Cromer and Overstrand, linking and creating a network between the two towns.


On a grander scale themes of designing through families, change and repetition was explored. As well as the matter of the in-between space. It also opens up awareness regarding the current seaside erosion issues through the proposal of a living seawall.

“There is no 'size”' in nature. In other words, what we call 'size' is not a preexisting thing, but an impression that arises inside us when we make comparisons with things we have made ourselves. Furthermore, it is by making something that we assign 'size' to landscape. That’s how it seems to me, anyway. So what happens when we take something whose size is familiar to everyone - a door, for example - and place a much bigger version of it in the middle of a meadow that has no other objects by which to judge size?”
Hideyuki Nakayama