When these architects say ‘defensible space’, they mean it in a drastically literal fashion. Centuries old and made to rebel French invaders from the shores of Britain, this defense tower has stood the test of time.

Originally, over 100 such towers dotted the coastal landscape, constructed to defend against a potential invasion by Napoleon. Cannons were mounted atop them, lofted to 30 feet above the ground below. They were abandoned nearly 150 years ago – this one was rediscovered (or rather: re-envisioned) recently, however, by?Duncan Jackson and?Piercy Conner Architects.

Private rooms are tucked into nooks and crannies of the large cavernous space, while light wells bring illumination to core areas like the open-plan living, entry and gathering areas.

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