Bumpers Oast


Location – Tonbridge

Architect – acme

Structural engineer – AKT

Main contractor – Harry Barnes Construction

Joinery company – Masson Joinery

Joinery – Wood Works Brighton (kitchen, study, utility room)

Wood supplier – Northern Timber Systems

Species – spruce

Bumpers Oast is closely based on the traditional local oast houses used to dry hops as part of the beer-brewing process. Five shingle-clad towers create an extremely low-energy contemporary home. The proportions of the tower roundels were based on traditional oast geometries but stand slightly apart from one another; creating views inwards and outwards. Each oast contains private rooms, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. The towers between them form a triple-height central space that forms the heart of the house and opens out to the orchard. The entire building is a highly insulated timber structure. Much of the interior of the roundels is clad in plywood; continuous ply in the cylinders and plywood shingles in the cones. The internal space-planning was designed to be ergonomic, yet compact, to help minimise the external envelope.