Surrounded by the gardens, orchards, and pastures of a small hobby farm in British Columbia, the Swallowfield Barn reimagines traditional rural outbuildings. The new structure resembles a classic barn with its simple form and vertical timber cladding, while its offset gabled roof gives it a modern appeal. A workshop is housed on the ground floor and also welcomes the resident flocks and herds. Above, a hayloft provides storage for the farm’s fodder and also acts as a gathering place for the family to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.
THE ANCIENT PARTY BARN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE
“We are thrilled that the Ancient Party Barn has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award.”
The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, and was set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.
The prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.
Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill