Holly Barn

2006 Manser Medal Winner


Photographs by Dennis Gilbert

Holly Barn, Norfolk Broads

Holly Barn is a five-bedroom house, built on the site of a dilapidated barn on the Norfolk Broads. The exterior is entirely clad in Siberian larch and resonates with the local vernacular of windmills and boathouses.

To take advantage of the stunning far-reaching views to the Broads on one side and open countryside to the other, the main living spaces and master bedroom are located on the first floor. Inside, the house has been carefully designed and detailed to allow total mobility for the wheelchair-bound client.


Knox Bhavan Architects
69 Choumert Road
SE15 4AR

Contact: Emily Glazier
Tel: 020 7635 9911
email: mail@knoxbhavan.com

This architecture comes not from abstract theory but out of visceral experience; from the scale of the landscape, through the minutiae of everyday life, to the scale of the detail, carried through with great intensity and assurance.

Sunand Prasad PPRIBA

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

Manser Medal Judges

‘A poetic exercise in wood’

Kevin McCloud