A large contemporary extension doubles the size of a tired farm house for a young city family looking to establish their rural family life in an AONB.
The design hinged around providing a proposed, clear entrance to the site and a principle of ‘front’ and ‘rear’ to a confusing existing condition. This new found clarity upon arrival provided the opportunity for split level living around a central communal kitchen/living space.
Set within the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the materiality helps settle the building in the exposed rugged rural landscape. A Kent brick wall at ground level allows the building to feel domestic and contextual, while refined timber detailing at first floor level disguises what is a large footprint, providing private bedrooms. Massing studies defined the profile of the building and how proposed levels set within the surrounding landscape would help to provide a natural buffer.
Externally a series of protected gardens allow the family to connect with the outside with a hidden courtyard garden utilising the architecture to provide much needed shelter from the prevailing wind.
The project overall provides a large contemporary space for a growing family to settle within the area while challenging the concept of building in the rural countryside.
Project Team: Tim Hare, Karl Bowers, Geoff Pomeroy