Location Sevenoaks, Kent Client Kent Wildlife Trust Value £2m Sector Public Images PAD studio 'A place for nature to live, people to learn and together to grow'. PAD studio entered the international competition for a new Nature and Wellbeing Centre for Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve in Kent. This Hibernacula seeks to provide a sheltered environment for both visitors and wildlife, whilst reconciling disconnection between arriving at the reserve and understanding the landscape unfolding beyond. Throughout, the materials selected are to be sourced locally. The textured wall of concrete with exposed local Kent aggregate is seen as an inverse of the earth and counterpoint to the quarry pits which formed the reserve. It offers a memory of the site’s former use as a gravel pit whilst facilitating orientation, interaction, exploration and discovery. Both internal and external social and gathering space is provided under the buildings protective canopy. A generous entrance space, café and teaching space front the western lake with access to covered and uncovered external seating areas and seamless framed views which animate internal spaces and connect the public with the environment beyond. A large covered entrance area with seating provides a sheltered focal point when arriving at the building, opening to the south and facilitating connection with the landscape.