Brabourne Lake cabin

RX Architects, Ashford, 2020


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The site is located in Brabourne, Ashford within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) adjacent to a large lake.

The designs are for a cabin positioned on the lakes’ edge with a cantilevered deck over the water.​ The cabin is approached along a woodland trail. It is not accessible by vehicles. The building has been designed as an exposed timber-framed structure. There are two full glazed elevations which angle out towards the lake and slide open giving views out across the lake and to the countryside beyond.

They are orientated to capture the stunning sunsets over the Kent Downs ​Externally the building is clad in a combination of rough sawn wide English oak plank cladding, and thin narrow-plained English oak cladding. This is combined with a stone datum line to the base of the building, which steps up to create a bench and log store.

The roof, and roof trims are clad in a patinated bronze finish to contrast the natural wood, which has been left unfinished to tarnish and weather with the landscape. Internally the walls and joinery are all finished in a limed douglas fir timber cladding and Terrazo floor tilling.

Annual CO2 emissions data (requested in kg/m2/year) was provided as follows: 1.2 tonnes


  • Begun: Mar 2019
  • Completed: Jan 2020
  • Floor area: 39m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £168,000
  • Funding: private
  • Tender date: 2018
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate Form
  • Address: Weekes Lane, West Brabourne, Ashford, TN25, United Kingdom

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