29 November 17
Caring Wood is an extensive country home project set in 84 acres of scenic Kentish countryside designed by architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. It is a magnificent country home with the space for three generations of the same family, incorporating formal, communal and private spaces.
The project was recently revealed the winner of 2017 RIBA House of the Year in an episode of Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year presented by Kevin McCloud.
The architects faced a challenging brief: to embody the spirit of the English country house in a design which would embrace its context and landscape, while simultaneously providing a carbon neutral response to climate change.
Aesthetic ambitions, practical needs and sustainable principles dictated every choice of material and fundamental element, especially the roof.
Their roofing design involved a combination of shapes and angles that demanded a durable and adaptable roof tile product.
After an extensive search of comparing suppliers and products, James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell agreed on Keymer. Hand crafting clay tiles since 1588, Keymer is one of the UK’s oldest brands.