Echo Barn

Completed in 2017 this large family home, adjacent to listed farm buildings, was built on a disused agricultural plot in the Kent countryside. The veil of louvres wrap around the main house and give the sense that this may still be an agricultural barn.

Two single storey timber and mathematical tiled barns define a public courtyard on entering the site and a private courtyard on the south east side of the house.

The PV-T panel mounted on the roof harness solar energy as electricity and heat. The heat is extracted and dumped beneath the Para 55 building into the Earth Energy Bank, inter seasonal heat store which will heat the house during the winter months.

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Planning Approval

The planning application for this unique project was granted by Ashford BC in 2014, under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 55. This policy has now been superseded by the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 79, which sets out the Government's policy requirements for rural development in the open countryside.

Project Details

Consent  
2014 Ashford BC

Designated Area  
Open Countryside

Project Type  
Para 55 - New Build

Floorspace & Cost  
327m² - £2750 psm

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The courtyard at Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
The brise soleil at Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Aerial view of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Plan drawing of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Distant aerial view of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Entrance to Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Plan view to Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Aerial courtyard view of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Architects section drawing of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
The brise soleil at Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
The rear elevation of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.
Street view of Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passivhaus utilises the very latest renewable technology.