Holly Farm Barn

New build residence in a semi rural location. Steel framed continuous 24m long living space on the upper floor with clear glazed dividing walls.


Reedham, Norfolk

Knox Bhavan


Holly Barn is a new build house situated on farmland in the Norfolk Broads. It is clad entirely in Siberian larch, a wood that resonates with the local vernacular of windmills and boat-houses.

At each gable end of the five bedrooom house is an arc of mirror that defines the curved roof shape. The main living spaces and master bedroom are situated on the upper floor with windows running near the entire length of the buiding to allow optimal views of the surrounding countryside.

Eckersley O'callaghan has engineered the 24m long building with a series of steel portal frames which create single structurally clear spaces on both levels. The upper floor is then divided by lightweight partitions.

Visual continuity of the dramatic proportions of this entire space is maintained by inserting glass walls onto the upper parts of these partitions and the exterior gables.

We carried out careful analysis of the interaction between portal frame, cantilevering partition structure and the glass wall.

Manser Medal at the 2006 Stirling Awards

RIBA National Award

Wood Award for private projects

Featured in The Guardian Weekend Newspaper 2007


Quotes for Holly Barn 

“The simplicity of form is misleading, as this is a meticulously considered project, a mature piece of architecture and a worthy winner”

Judges, Manser Medal 2006 


“An unusual and striking house in a lovely setting. The detailing was excellent.’ 

Judges, The Wood Awards 2006


“From outside, the long, low structure with its Dutch barn-like hooped roof takes the breath away”, 

Judges, RIBA Awards 2006


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