Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks

Kentish and Asian vernacular combined in a calm and contemplative home

Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks.
Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks. Credit: Jim Stephenson

South East Regional Award 2019

McLean Quinlan for private client
Contract value: Undisclosed 
GIA: 693m²

Built for clients who had spent many years in South East Asia, the architect has combined Kentish and Asian vernacular to produce a calm and contemplative home. It is clearly arranged, with living in a grand single-storey south-facing block. This is slightly elevated on a plinth forming a terrace overlooking the garden and landscape. A two-storey block contains sleeping, office and utility spaces. A graceful, discreet entrance sits where the blocks meet. Overall, the building is extraordinarily well constructed in simple, traditional materials – combined to create a refined and elegant architectural language.

Regional Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell: Alastair Bowden

  • Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks.
    Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks.
    Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks.
    Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks.
    Kent Downs House, Sevenoaks. Credit: Jim Stephenson
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