Located within rural Kent's green belt, Green Acres demonstrates how holistic eco architecture and landscape design can be combined to create a home that complements its natural setting. The house provides picturesque views of the countryside from all of the main living areas, while the landscape proposal harnesses the topography of the site to create a sustainable urban drainage system.
A sensitive approach to the design was required, given the green belt designation of the site. To reduce the visibility of the building, we added a green sedum roof, which has the added benefit of providing a valuable habitat for wildlife. The sedum roof also helps to naturally cool the building, and passive ventilation for summer cooling is also offered through the inclusion of an internal courtyard garden.
We achieved planning permission for this project at first submission, with Sevenoaks Council responding positively to our landscape-led approach to the design of the site.