Sevenoaks nature & wellbeing centre
Sevenoaks nature and wellbeing centre is situated in a former gravel quarry in Kent. The building is inspired by the hides found on the site: simple timber buildings which mediate between people and nature; offering a sense of calm and intimate views out whilst respecting the reserve wildlife outside.
The centre is broken into a series of linked hide buildings nestled into the landscape, informally arranged around a central natural courtyard. The hide’s are of timber frame construction and clad in burnt timber cladding, a technique, known as Shou Sugi Ban, used for years in Japan to naturally preserve timber.
The buildings minimise their environmental footprint, being managed separately to reduce their energy load and opened and closed with large sliding and folding walls to ventilate in the summer and insulate in winter: natural, breathing buildings.