• Project: Waterfield House
  • Location: Goudhurst, Kent
  • Description: Family Home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Value: Undisclosed
  • Client: Private
  • Status: Completed


“Only now am I starting to understand the full architectural excellence of this building...
an outstanding house.” Garry Elms, Client

Taking advantage of stunning views across the Kentish Weald our Waterfield House sits nestled within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The existing dwelling was set into the darkest area on site and was demolished to create a new contemporary live/work family home.

The concept of the new dwelling was to construct a solid, masonry base which is partially dug into the hillside, and extended out into the landscape with garden walls, thus hiding its true scale from afar. The building naturally merges into the landscape at the rear of the site, enclosing a modest, south facing courtyard providing shelter from the elements and allowing light deep into the plan. The kitchen garden is cited a the very top of the site, above the house, and offers views through the building and over the green roof.

A natural material palette of handmade Danish bricks, Siberian Larch and Sedum roof blend the dwelling into the landscape and will evolve over time as they weather.