Project: Five Acre Barn / Modern Barn Accommodation
Architects: Blee Halligan Architects
Lead Architects: Greg Blee, Joshua Doyle
Engineering: Adam Power Associates
Design Team: Blee Halligan
Clients: David Woodbine, Bruce Badrock
Contractor : Paul Rolph
Location: Suffolk, United Kingdom
Area: 450 m2
Photographer: Sarah Blee
Aldeburgh is the nearest town to our site, a beautiful place on the Suffolk Coast in the East of England, close to Snape Maltings. We were asked to transform a tired brick barn, which sits in five acres of mixed woodland. Our proposal was for the demolition of an existing 1970’s cottage annexe, replaced by a new modern barn accommodation containing five en-suite bedrooms.
The roof profile is a very unique undulating form that gives a dynamic shape to the duplex interiors of each room and the entire building is wrapped in cedar shingles.
Internally, the rooms have generous living, dressing and bathing spaces, with a bedroom accessed from a bespoke staircase. The upgraded 5th bedroom is more generous in scale, with a 6 metre high living space and carefully selected, private views to beautiful landscaped gardens and the Suffolk countryside beyond.
A value-conscious project, it was built for £1200/ m2, achieved by utilizing a timber frame and an inverted structural slab which limited material costs and labor, and in doing so gifted the project with high sustainability credentials. The building won three RIBA awards in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence prize, for the best UK project with a construction cost below £1m.