Bumpers Oast

United Kingdom / 2018

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Kent is characterised by rolling landscapes, apple orchards and oast houses, used to dry hops as part of the beer-brewing process. The new house has been designed as a 21st century interpretation of the formal language of Kentish architecture.


Five towers are built slightly apart from each other, creating inward-looking spaces in each tower and a more outward-looking central space opening out into the surrounding apple orchard. Each of the towers houses private functions such as bathrooms, bedrooms and service spaces, and framed window openings allow for selective views out. The centre of the house is a triple-height living space, visually open to the garden and towards each of the four towers, forming the heart of the house.


Oast houses were traditionally made from solid brick walls with clay-shingled roofs. In order to achieve an extremely low-energy house, the towers will be built in two layers – a heavily insulated inner skin and a clay tile rainscreen façade. The outer skin made from traditional Kent style tiles in six shades, slowly fading from dark red at the base to light orange at the tip. The interior of the roundels unfolds seamlessly into one another. The entry floor in grounded in hard finishes, that transition to warmer materials as one climbs the towers into the more intimate living, play and sleeping spaces.


LOCATION: Kent, United Kingdom CLIENT: Private
DATE: 2012-2018
STATUS: Completed


SIZE: 230m2
CONSTRUCTION COST: £900,000


ARCHITECT: ACME (Alia Centofanti, Nicholas Channon, Deena Fakhro, Catherine Hennessy, Katrina Hollis, Kevin Leung, Friedrich Ludewig, Lucy Moroney, Heidrun Schuhmann, Penny Sperbund)
CONSULTANTS:


STRUCTURAL ENGINEER:AKT
PLANNING CONSULTANTS: Barton Willmore
MEP: Furness Green Partnership
BUILDING CONTROL:Wilkinson Construction Consultants ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT: Etude
CONTRACTOR: Harry Barnes


41,000 tiles used across the whole facade
290 customised eaves tile installed to transition between the upright and pitched facade
70 curved junctions connect the 5 roundels
2 intersecting cones with triple height space 12 meters high
6 meter tall conical spaces within the bedroom galleries
6.6 meter is the diameter central roundel atrium
4.9 meter in diameter is the perimeter of the four roundels

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    Kent is characterised by rolling landscapes, apple orchards and oast houses, used to dry hops as part of the beer-brewing process. The new house has been designed as a 21st century interpretation of the formal language of Kentish architecture. Five towers are built slightly apart from each other, creating inward-looking spaces in each tower and a more outward-looking central space opening out into the surrounding apple orchard. Each of the towers houses private functions such as bathrooms,...

    Project details
    • Year 2018
    • Work finished in 2018
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Country houses/cottages / Interior Design
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