Competition entry for a Nature and Wellbeing Centre within a wildlife reserve in Kent.
We conceive of the new centre as a belvedere, engaging with its surroundings to provide various vantage points. The belvedere brings visitors into and then above the landscape, providing views to the lakes and striking a definitive silhouette within the reserve. It will provide walkers with a point against which to orient themselves. The scheme proposes retaining and enhancing the existing planting; the new building will sit in a clearing between dense planted areas. Access to the centre will be via a new promenade for cyclists and pedestrians (adjacent to the vehicular route), marking an entry point to the walking routes around the lakes. Water is a primary element of the site and is prominent in the design. The belvedere roof acts as an umbrella and a parasol, channelling rain water for harvesting whilst sheltering the terraces and framing views to the horizon. The deep roof section allows multiple PV panels to be oriented south, providing sustainable power to the centre without damaging the appearance of the building’s silhouette.
kalm architecture is an architectural practice established in 2007 and based within the East Lothian and Edinburgh regions. Its two partners, Kevin Adams and Lucy Miller, both have over 12 years experience as qualified architects and in this time have worked on many high quality projects for a broad client base that includes arts, housing and commercial development. Kevin Adams combines practice with his role as a part-time tutor and visiting critic at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
kalm architecture have been shortlisted for both the Edinburgh Architectural Association Building of the Year Award and the Saltire Award for Best Private House in 2012.
kalm architecture will consider projects from all sectors and will provide a service from conception through to site completion. We can be contacted as per the details below.
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