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Black House in Kent Property

Residential Development in Southeast England by AR Design Studio Architects, UK

18 May 2018

Award for Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

Contemporary Kent Property is one of five buildings to win

Five buildings in the Southeast won RIBA Southeast Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

25 + 24 Jul 2017

Black House Kent Property

Architect: AR Design Studio

Location: Kent, Southeast England

Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

Black House is a private new build house in Kent, completed in the summer of 2017 by Winchesterbased architects AR Design Studio. A contemporary property, Black House draws its influences from both the historic and modern buildings of Kent.

Black House Kent contemporary property

A retired engineer and Conran interior designer, the clients, chose to move from a 15th century Tudor house and build a contemporary dream home in their garden.

Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

The buildings concept was formed after the design team and clients embarked on an architectural tour in Kent, in search of inspiration from the land and local context. The floating form and massing of Black House was inspired by Sissinghurst Castle Garden, home of writer Vita Sackville-West.

Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

The castle gardens are broken into a series of individual experiences hidden from each other by manicured hedges and weathered red brick walls. Only from the writing room in the central tower can the connection of the spaces and whole design be seen.

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The Black House rectangular massing was divided into blocks by key site axes, a view from the pool to a large populus tree, and a previous path to the site. Each block is linked to a distinct aspect of the garden, with a final connecting view provided from the roof of a brick tower.

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The volumes were separated to create a central courtyard, with a cantilevering roof to tie the modules together.

Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

The design team also viewed Hasting’s historic net huts and the traditional black clad houses of Dungeness.

Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate
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As a response a vertical black timber cladding is used throughout. Visiting the interlocking volumes of the Turner Contemporary Gallery (photo above), in Margate, by David Chipperfield Architects, informed the studio how to interconnect the low massing of the black timber boxes and the brick tower.

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With each block linking to a different part of the garden, a journey around the functions of the house is experienced. The journey begins with one of the three entrances, designed along the axes of the building. The kitchen diner is a 7.3m cantilevering room facing east to capture the morning sun. With floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, the orientation provides expansive views across the orchard and vineyard.

Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio

The drawing room fronts the pool area to the west, two spaces linked to accommodate rest and play. A panoramic horizontal window influenced by Margate frames the view from the formal dining room across the formal front lawn. The final aspect is the bedrooms, they are provided privacy and seclusion by the proximity of the woodland to rear of the house.

Black House in Kent courtyard

These spaces are all connected by the central courtyard, an area of extensive glazing allowing light and fresh air to continually penetrate the house, and provide year round sheltered outdoor space.

Black House in Kent at dusk

Having constructed the house, the clients have chosen contemporary living over historical, a building designed for them, to suit the way they want to live today. The result is Black House, a sequence of dramatic experiences linked to their garden, and is a contemporary response to the region.

Black House in Kent exterior facades

Black House in Kent – Building Information

Architect: AR Design Studio

Size: Total- GIA 400m2

Budget: £1,100,000

Client: Private

Engineer: John Kettle & Associates

Black House Kent facades

Tiles – Stone and Ceramic Warehouse
Bathroom Furniture – Bathroom Warehouse Winchester
Kitchen – The Myers Touch
Timber Cladding – Vincent Timber
Brick – Vande Moortel

Photography: Martin Gardner,

Black House in Kent images / information from AR Design Studio

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Location: Kent, south east England, UK

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El Ray, Dungeness
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El Ray
photo © Chris Gascoigne
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Watson House
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