20 Feb 2020

Contemporary private house in Sevenoaks completes

This 430m2 house, on a highly sensitive site close to the centre of Sevenoaks, recently completed. It achieves the client’s aim, for an unashamedly contemporary solution, whilst fitting into its historic setting.

Replacing a 1960s bungalow, the dwelling sits between a Grade II Listed house to the west, and a Locally Listed house to the east, within a Conservation Area.The north, east and west elevations are in brick and with a steeply-pitched natural slate roof.The south elevation, facing south to the garden, is strikingly open and modern.

The internal layout was inspired by the traditional Wealden House form, with a large central void and galleries at either end.The external expression – as visible from the street – is asymmetrical, reflecting the different internal functions, with expressive chimneys, corner windows capturing oblique views to the North Downs, and a dominant dormer window.

These elements, based on a thorough understanding of the locality, have been integrated with a low carbon approach that minimises the environmental impact of the house.The triple height space, for example, allows warm air to rise and either be discharged through a ventilation chimney, or recycled to low level, warmed if necessary.Ground sourced heating – and cooling in the summer - is obtained from three deep boreholes, providing underfloor comfort.The Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery ventilation system is in two zones, either side of the central void, and the house benefits too from rainwater harvesting to irrigate the garden, photovoltaic panels integrated into the roof, and an electric car charging point in the garage.

ADP was architect for the scheme, with all the professional services provided by Corde.