Spring Water Barn, Kent

The conversion of a concrete framed agricultural barn into a contemporary dwelling within the Kent High Weald.


The site is part of a cluster of farm buildings within the Kent High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area boasts rolling meadows, woodlands and sheer escarpments.

It is proposed that the existing precast concrete frame is exposed internally within the building and a new insulated external envelope installed. Unlike the majority of barn conversions, the building is not historic, but nevertheless has a presence within the landscape.

Window openings to the landscape facing elevations are to be obscured with a perforated mesh over cladding. This will allow light to enter to building and views out, but will maintain the appearance of a solid agricultural building in the landscape.

Internally, an open plan arrangement organised around a core of cellular spaces maintains the scale of an agricultural building and allows for lofty spaces and long views across the landscape.

The project is currently in the process of design development.