RIBA Award

Martello Tower, Suffolk | Piercy & Co

Martello Tower Y is one of 103 ingeniously-designed artillery towers, built from 1805 at vulnerable points around the south and east coasts to resist the Napoleonic invasion. It presents perhaps the ultimate challenge to the housing architect and the issues raised are manifold. 
The architects' sensitive response is typified by the beauty of the exposed domed brickwork and the elegance of the indoor-outdoor roof terrace which is oversailed but not enclosed. 
In line with best conservation practice, the history of the buildign has been preserved - details of the gun emplacements co-exist with the barbecue apparatus.

Source: RIBA