ACME has won planning consent for this oast house-inspired home in Marden, Kent
Based on the traditional Kent oast houses used to dry hops as part of the beer-brewing process, the 300m² new house near Maidstone consists of four circular brick towers. ‘slightly separated to create an inward looking space’ within each tower.
Each of the towers houses private functions such as bathrooms, bedrooms and service spaces, and small window openings allow for selective views outwards. 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.
According to ACME the towers will be built in two layers – a heavily insulated inner skin and a brick rainscreen façade to achieve a high energy efficiency rating.
The outer brick skin will be assembled by robot with epoxy mortar as a self-stabilising layer made from 90mm standard bricks in five shades, slowly fading from dark red at the base to light orange at the tip. The landscape has been designed in keeping with a 19th century apple orchard, interspersed with treehouses and a small, walled garden.