I am just back from a holiday break in St Ives, Cornwall – a regular haunt for me since childhood and pretty much my second home. We usually stay in No 5, Barnaloft which my aunt has owned since the apartment block’s construction in the early 1960’s.
Situated right on Porthmeor beach it’s an idyllic place to stay with the beach literally just a hop from the rear balcony. The entrance to no 5 can be seen just to the right of the stairway in the clipping below which is taken from an article that appeared in Design Journal in 1965 – click to enlarge
The article reports on a medal and diploma for Good Design in Housing from the Ministry for Housing and Local Government which was awarded in 1963 to the building in recognition for the way in which it had weathered the harsh beach front location.
Whilst the town facing side of the building could do with a lick of paint here and there, Barnaloft, along with it’s sister apartment block Piazza, which sits next door, remain beautiful examples of how to construct modern buildings with appropriate methods and materials to ensure they sit comfortably both physically and aesthetically with the surrounding environment.