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COASTAL CONTEXT IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT

LETTERS

Hailing originally from the West Country, I was intrigued by your report on m2r and Hohenzollern Architekten's struggles to obtain planning approval from Caradon District Council for holiday houses on the coast of south-east Cornwall (AJ 31.05.07). Could the planners have been bemused, if not confused, by the architects' images of the houses set in unfamiliar landscapes? I'm not aware that the view down Finnygook Lane of Portwrinkle and the coast west towards Looe has much in common with the architects' view north from Hurricane Point, on California's Route 1, toward Bixby Creek Bridge on the Big Sur coast.

Good architects don't necessarily make good geographers, but doesn't context figure in good architecture? Or was your piece held over from April Fool's Day?

Robert Wakeham, Lochgilphead, Argyll

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