The Cabin

A timber clad extension that nestles within its landscape.

We designed a single-storey extension to accommodate more internal space for seating at this popular café on the North Cornwall coast. Internally, the layout was re-imagined to provide a larger serving space and to better connect the building to its surroundings. A new entrance was introduced to the west elevation which provides disabled access. The original structural steel work has been left on display as a design feature which provides an interesting contrast to the timber lined ceilings of the extension.

The roof form projects upwards, a response to the adjacent headland. The roof is clad in Zinc with the eaves of the extension picking up on the slate roof covering and wind spur detail of the existing cafe.

The extension has a curved wall which picks up on the shape of the surrounding stone walls. This gives the dining space a feature wall and externally gives the elevation some beautiful shadow lines on sunny days. The walls are clad in natural timber which reflects the character of local barns. This cladding will silver over time as it weathers. The roof canopy provides shelter to the entrance and glazing. Timber posts support the roof overhang and provide additional and convenient bench seating.


Crackington Haven