graham binnington architects
  • Beach Front Café
  • Fraisthorpe
  • Stage 5: Construction

GBA were commissioned to create a new a beach front café at Fraisthorpe, on the East Coast of Yorkshire overlooking the North Sea. The site is currently occupied by basic toilet facilities for beach users in the ancient barns on the Eastern edge of the client’s farm land.

The existing barns are typically modest relative to their age and use, with large timber trusses and thick stone and brick walls. We wanted to reflect this simple utilitarian structure by leaving it exposed within the proposed lounge and kitchen areas which will fit into the existing areas.

Further to the renovation of the existing structures our proposal is centred on a modern extension to form the main dining area looking out to sea. The new extension was designed as an echo of the existing barns using similarly industrial but modern techniques that will also remain exposed. The steel portal frame will be visible in the same way the timber trusses are in the old barns. The extension will have a pitched roof to continue the agricultural aesthetic with large areas of glass in the elevations to take advantage of the views over the North Sea to the East. The new extension will be linked to the existing barns with a flat roofed link with over hangs which will form the entrance areas and be the hub of the café.