Morlands Farm Dutch Barn, West Sussex, 2019
At Morlands Farm we have converted a 1930s agricultural dutch barn into a new family home under a Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order.
The barn is part of a wider farmstead and sits beside the Sussex Prairie Gardens, a unique naturalistic perennial garden on the South-East England gardens trail. The conversion places sleeping and home office accommodation on the ground floor, reserving the vaulted upper storey for a large open plan living space with elevated views across the gardens.
The aim was to make a dwelling that is clearly legible as a former agricultural building in the landscape, with corrugated metal cladding used in conjunction with sliding metal shutters in reference to traditional agricultural building elements.
The project was shortlisted for the RIBA Grand Designs House of the Year in 2022.
For an aerial view of the house and garden click here.
Photography: Jim Stephenson
Project: Morlands Farm Dutch Barn
Design Team: Tom Booen, Joe Chilvers, Leonardo Remuzzi, Sandy Rendel, Sophie Roycroft, Katrin Wahdat
Collaborators: Harfrey Construction (Main Contractor), Structure Workshop (Structural Engineer)
Client: Paul and Pauline McBride
Building type: Residential, Conversion
Location: West Sussex, UK
Status: Completed 2019
Publications: Architects' Journal Specification 17.12.20, Dezeen 02.02.21 , *Wallpaper 23.12.19, Channel 4 Grand Designs House of the Year 23.11.22
Awards: RIBA South East Award, RIBA South East Small Project of the Year, Grand Designs House of the Year Shortlist, Sussex Heritage Trust Award