Unique reincarnation of an ancient British fort Martello collapsing in a house called Martello Tower Y was made possible through diligent and professional work of a group of American and British architects.
American architect Duncan Jackson from the studio Billings Jackson Design, in collaboration with the British architectural firm Piercy Conner Architects reconstructed historic buildings of Fort Martello, located on the coast of Suffolk (UK).
Martello fort was built on the coast in the days of “Napoleonic Wars”. The purpose of these towers with thick brick walls came down to defense against attackers from the sea invaders.
The structure of the dying of the fort was reconstructed with a view to ensuring “warm” in the literal and figurative senses of the word. The architects have managed to change the perception of old buildings, architectural design, which was not originally intended to comfort and coziness of the inhabited dwelling.
The authors skillfully combined the contrasts of the Spartan conditions and militant “spirit of history” with modern ideas of comfort and luxury, incorporating the functionality of the system of lighting, heating, ventilation and sanitation, which have been carefully and skillfully hidden, so as not to disrupt the “romantic” concept and maintain the perception of the building, as a historical monument.
The authors note that in the reconstruction process they faced many difficulties in organizing the work and the technical capabilities of the execution of various schemes. However, the final result, which produces a truly “magical” effect justify all the effort and expense invested in the project.