Discover this exceptional build in the Lincolnshire Wolds

As featured on the cover of Grand Designs December 2019, explore this build of architectural significance.

By Hugh Metcalf | 5 November 2019

A stunning example of a ‘Paragraph 79 house’, this highly modern steel-clad home blends beautifully with its surrounds.

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Image: Andy Haslam 

From the road, Barrow House could be mistaken for one of the pitched-roof pantiled farm buildings that are scattered across Lincolnshire’s agricultural landscape, albeit a highly modern interpretation wrapped in a Cor ten steel skin.

In fact, this home for a young family, named for its proximity to a Bronze Age barrow and designed by Grimsby-based ID Architecture, is a masterpiece of camouflage; walk around it and the house opens out into an exciting arrangement of contemporary forms that both revel in the ancient landscape and respect it.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Image: Andy Haslam 

Because of its location in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Barrow House was required to comply with Paragraph 79 policy (formerly Paragraph 55), which only allows isolated new homes to be built in rural areas if they can satisfy planners that they are of an ‘innovative and exceptional level of design’.

A house of 3 parts

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Image: Andy Haslam