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Bourne Lane Eco-House, Kent

This contemporary eco-house sits harmoniously in the grounds of a traditional nineteenth century Oast house which has been the client’s home for 25 years. Designed for a Norwegian and British couple contemplating retirement and no longer wishing to look after such a large, high maintenance property, this new, low rise home has been designed to be modern, sustainable, accessible and flexible. Ensuring it will continue to serve their needs for as long as necessary, it is intimate enough for two yet adaptable for large family occasions and visiting grandchildren.

“The Oast house was perfect for large family gatherings, when we decided to downsize one of our biggest concerns was that we have the flexibility to allow all the family to visit at once” – Client

The low-rise structure was developed around two asymmetric barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall that draws guests into the house with expansive views onto the garden beyond. Dividing the two elements into distinct living and sleeping quarters, this central space serves as the main entrance to the house as well as a flexible dining space for large family get-togethers and parties. The intimate sheltered courtyard beyond is perfectly positioned to savour the evening light. All spaces and views to and from the property have been channeled for maximum light and privacy, responding to natural sun patterns as well as the clients’ brief to create quieter sanctuaries away from the social areas of the house. The distinctive eaves that lower towards the neighboring boundaries and green sedum roof allow the building’s elements to further blend into the environment.

“The form of the building is to a large extent a response to the client’s requirement for natural light and outlook” – Simon Baker

Accessed through a folding partition is the open plan kitchen and living room with its dramatic double height space projecting onto the terrace and garden. Flooded with natural light at all times of the day, this space was conceived for the family to relax and entertain around the wood burning fire. Accessed from a timber staircase and with fine views over the living area and into the garden beyond, a mezzanine area functions as a study. Behind this lies a further space suitable for quiet work or for use as an occasional grandchildren’s bedroom. Contained in the partially submerged lower ground floor below are a cosy TV area, utility room, and WC, with specially orientated external timber louvers providing shade for these spaces during the summer months. The second wing, accessed through sliding doors from the entrance/dining area has been designed as a more intimate and quiet sleeping area, with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms – both of which are disable access friendly.

The property has been designed to both Code for Sustainable Homes (level 4) and Lifetime Homes standards. Constructed using cross-laminated timber panels (CLT), the construction material are expressed throughout the interior—a celebration of wood as a structural and visual material. Both the Douglas Fir flooring and the exposed CLT ceilings have been treated with lime to lighten their finishes and prevent the wood yellowing over time. The off-white walls helps balance the use of timber, and provides a suitable backdrop for the owners’ eclectic art and furniture.

Location
Kent
  • Rear elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight Modern houses by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    Rear elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight

    This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials.

  • Front elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent Modern houses by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    Front elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
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    This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials. The low-rise structure was developed around two asymmetric barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall that draws guests into the house with expansive views onto the garden beyond.

  • Rear elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight Modern houses by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Glass

    Rear elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight

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    This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials.

  • Rear entrance of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight Modern houses by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    Rear entrance of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent at twilight

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["CA"] [Published] Distinct Design In An Eco-Home

    This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials. The intimate sheltered courtyard beyond is perfectly positioned to savour the evening light.

  • Detail of the front elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent Modern houses by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    Detail of the front elevation of ​Bourne Lane eco-house in Kent

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["EN"] [Published] The British Barn House with an Eccentric Twist

    This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials. The distinctive eaves that lower towards the neighboring boundaries and green sedum roof allow the building’s elements to further blend into the environment.

  • ​Upstairs bedroom at the Bourne Lane Eco House. Modern style bedroom by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern

    ​Upstairs bedroom at the Bourne Lane Eco House.

    Upstairs bedroom at the Bourne Lane Eco House. This modern eco-house by Nash Baker Architects is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the Kentish barn style with characteristic black timber cladding, the bold structure nestles into the surrounding landscape with consideration for the area’s local heritage through the use of high quality, locally sourced materials.

  • ​The open plan kitchen and living room at the Bourne Lane Eco House. Modern living room by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern

    ​The open plan kitchen and living room at the Bourne Lane Eco House.

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 3
    ["CA"] [Published] Distinct Design In An Eco-Home
    ["EN"] [Published] The British Barn House with an Eccentric Twist
    ["US"] [Published] 10 eco-friendly houses proving sustainability can be sexy!

    The open plan kitchen and living room with its dramatic double height space projecting onto the terrace and garden. Both the Douglas Fir flooring and the exposed CLT ceilings have been treated with lime to lighten their finishes and prevent the wood yellowing over time. Photo by Will Layzell

  • ​A bathroom at Bourne Lane House Modern bathroom by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern

    ​A bathroom at Bourne Lane House

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["CA"] [Published] Distinct Design In An Eco-Home
    ["EN"] [Published] The British Barn House with an Eccentric Twist

    A bathroom at Bourne Lane House in Kent by Nash Baker Architects. Photo by Will Layzell

  • Entrance hall and stair well area at Bourne Lane House in Kent. Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    Entrance hall and stair well area at Bourne Lane House in Kent.

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["CA"] [Published] Distinct Design In An Eco-Home

    The Douglas Fir flooring in the entrance hall and stair well area at Bourne Lane House in Kent. The low-rise structure was developed around two asymmetric barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall that draws guests into the house with expansive views onto the garden beyond. Dividing the two elements into distinct living and sleeping quarters, this central space serves as the main entrance to the house as well as a flexible dining space for large family get-together's and parties.

  • ​The Douglas Fir staircase and flooring in the hall at Bourne Lane House in Kent Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern Wood Wood effect

    ​The Douglas Fir staircase and flooring in the hall at Bourne Lane House in Kent

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["CA"] [Published] Distinct Design In An Eco-Home
    ["EN"] [Published] The British Barn House with an Eccentric Twist

    The Douglas Fir staircase and flooring in the hall at Bourne Lane House in Kent. The wood has been treated with lime to lighten their finishes and prevent the wood yellowing over time.

  • ​A bathroom at Bourne Lane House Modern bathroom by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern

    ​A bathroom at Bourne Lane House

    A bathroom at Bourne Lane House in Kent by Nash Baker Architects.

  • Corridor at Bourne Lane House in Kent. Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern

    Corridor at Bourne Lane House in Kent.

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