Friends in high places

Contrasting brick and flint and steel evoke the history of the site and the building materials of the region.

Perfect execution enables bold design features to create impact.

Manor farm stands on a hill overlooking the Alde river valley. Unlike the river itself which follows an uncertain course toward the sea, its newly built barn makes a very definite statement.

The striking annexe takes the place of an earlier, utility structure and now welcomes human rather than bovine guests.

Thinking about how people will use a building is fundamental to its design and often leads the aesthetic. Here the owners chose to place social space above sleeping, giving more opportunity to enjoy the dramatic views.

The result is consistent with the vision of its owners and the designs of the architect (Mole Architects). Like all one-off designs it was a challenging build demanding skilled people on site with a desire for detail. In such a place, the quality of the finish is part of the integrity and the impact of the whole.

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