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NORD unveils £45k timber gatehouse

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NORD London has submitted this £45,000 gatehouse to a National Trust home to the AJ Small Projects Award

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA • ENTER THE AJ SMALL PROJECTS AWARD

Completed in January, this 6m2 gatehouse sits at the entrance to the Knole estate in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Clad in charred timber the single-room structure has been designed to mark the impact which the Great Storm of 1987 had on the park.

The storm destroyed 60 per cent of the trees within the grounds and this scarring of the landscaping is still visible nearly 30 decades on.

Knole Gatehouse by NORD London

Knole Gatehouse by NORD London

Architect’s view

Knole house is one of England’s largest ancestral houses in England, home to generations of the Sackville family since 1603. Notable occupants include Vita Sackville-West who lived in the house in the early part of the 20th Century.

NORD’s gatehouse provides an introduction to the grounds from the main entry road into the park. Clad in charred timber the single room structure marks ‘in memoriam’ the impact of the Great Storm on the surrounding landscape.

The sculpted shape of the building is cut from a simple shed typology, with external covered space and glazing punched into the form.

Knole Gatehouse by NORD London

Knole Gatehouse by NORD London

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Project data

Location Sevenoaks, Kent
Type of project gatehouse
Client National Trust
Architect NORD London
Tender date September 2014
Start on site date October 2014
Completion date January 2015
Gross internal floor area 6m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Letter of intent
Total cost £45,000

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