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A tiny house, Aldeburgh

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Vernacular architecture in coastal England

I enjoy English seaside towns; I especially like them out of season, when they throw off their cheerful, come-and-get-me summer facade and take on an altogether more introspective, maybe melancholy, tone. And of course, developing as they do, with a relationship to the sea that inland towns cannot have, they have their own quirks, often manifested by unique bits of architecture: fortresses, castles, entertainment buildings and sometimes homes with very particular design characteristics, like this one. I love the vainglorious qualities of this house: its in-your-face balcony, its Dutch gable and its bold pink-and-white paint job, all on a building more or less surrounded by a pay-and-display car park and little bigger than a caravan.

This is in Aldeburgh in Suffolk, a place made famous by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, and their legacy, the Aldeburgh Festival. As far as I know this house has nothing to do with them or that, but owing no doubt to its quirkiness and smallness, it is a much photographed house, and I am happy to add my effort to the body of images it has spawned.