The Nature and Wellbeing Centre is a visitor centre within the Sevenoaks Nature Reserve in Kent. The centre offers key messaging around nature, health and wellbeing for the public and provides a base from which to explore the reserve.
The centre is made up of a series of large ‘hide’ buildings which sit staggered within the landscape and provide vantage points to the surrounding lakes and woods.
The buildings mediate the elements and shield the activity within, from the wildlife beyond. They are inspired by the hide structures dotted around the nature reserve.
The buildings are built from timber frames and are wrapped in burnt cedar slats and shingles, designed using passive design principles; they are off-grid, using solar panels and ground source heat pumps for energy; naturally breathing low energy buildings which harmonise them with their natural setting.
Client: Kent Wildlife Trust / RIBA Competitions
Architect: New Makers Bureau
Sustainability specialist: Max Fordham