The barn is part of a larger homestead and is adjacent to Sussex Prairie Gardens, a unique semi-natural perennial garden on the South East England Gardens Trail.
According to Sandy Rendel Architects’ website: “The conversion places the bedroom and study on the ground floor and reserves the vaulted upper floor for a large open-plan living area with elevated views over the gardens.
“The aim was to create a residential building that can be easily identified in the landscape as a former agricultural building, with corrugated iron cladding in connection with metal sliding shutters based on traditional agricultural building elements.”
Morlands Farm Dutch Barn won the RIBA South East Award winning Project 2022 for West Sussex as well as RIBA South East Client of the Year and RIBA South East Small Project of the Year sponsored by Gaggenau.
The seven projects were selected by the expert jury, which visited all 12 nominated projects.
Regional Jury Chairman Adam Richards said: “Good architecture solves problems, creates ‘places’ and shapes us as people.
“The significant number of school projects at this year’s RIBA South East Awards shows that many clients in the education sector recognize that working with good architects can add significant value.
“This value lies not only in coping with often complex tasks, but also in the sensitive and creative addition of quality buildings to school facilities for the benefit of students and employees.
“Other award-winning buildings demonstrate high standards of conservation, innovation and understanding of the nature of the place – they use the communicative power of architecture to convey our understanding of life and death.”
The 2022 RIBA South East Building of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell, will be announced at a ceremony at RIBA’s London headquarters on May 24.
RIBA South East Award winners will now be considered for a coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, to be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for Best Building of the Year is drawn from RIBA National Award-winning projects throughout the year.