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The Kench by John Young and Meloy Architects

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Manser Medal shortlist: The Kench by John Young and Meloy Architects

The families of John Young and Charles Meloy have enjoyed a long history with the Kench, a small tidal inlet off Langstone Harbour enclosed by a spit of land at the west end of Hayling Island.

Working within the constraints of residents’ association rules that stipulate a maximum permissible area of 70m², the status of the Kench as a nature reserve and the site’s flood risk designation, we created a structure that ‘floats’ above ground level with ramp access to an external deck.

An open plan living area and integral kitchen are orientated towards harbour views and a full-height glass wall can be folded away to encourage outdoor living. Two bedrooms at the rear wrap around the bathroom and also enjoy seaward views. A generous roof overhang provides protection from summer sun.

Detailed to be used as a holiday home, each component is selected to minimise ongoing maintenance.

John Young and Charles Meloy, director, Meloy Architects

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