Located on a wilderness within cultivated agricultural fields in a remote island on the east coast of Britain, the Flint House is an unusual private residence treated as landscape or geological extrusion.
This long, narrow building consists of a flint and chalk house and an freestanding annex, looks like a stepped tectonic plates jutting from the ground, with the rough texture and raw surrounding landscape.
The landscape and architecture are inextricably linked, and the form is sculpted using layers of natural materials found there: flint and chalk with inclusions of concrete, glass and metal.
Flint is an ancient material related to jasper, obsidian and onyx; a hard, cryptocrystalline form of quartz found only in chalk, and in abundance on the surface of the ploughed fields surrounding the site.
Internally, the main architectural form is articulated through the continuous concrete soffit, the underside of the roof structure that defines the ‘landscape’ of the building.