Inside the old cattle barn which won top architectural awards for luxury conversion

An old Devon barn, once used for raising cattle, has won two prestigious awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the judges have said it now deserves to be a listed monument.

Pictures show the abandoned barn to be an abandoned, overgrown wreck, as are dozens of old barns scattered across the Devon countryside.

But it has now been converted into a “work of art” and a luxury home for the architect’s own parents, with judges praising the subtle way it fits into the landscape and how it has been transformed and rediscovered. .

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Redhill Barn in Blackawton, Totnes is Devon’s only winner of this year’s South West Awards and will now move up to the national level after winning both a 2021 RIBA South West Award and the coveted 2021 RIBA South West Conservation Award.

The abandoned barn was converted by London architect Tom Powell of TYPE Studio into a home for his parents.

Redhill Barn, near Totnes, winner of a 2021 RIBA South West Award duo

Southwestern juror Rob Gregory said: “This place is approaching the status of a work of art.

“It tells a wonderful story of family ambition with a hard working father, son and partner with vision and restraint.


“This unique and rediscovered barn was no ordinary barn, and it shows in the quality of its masonry, scale, proportions and immediate landscaping, with its subtle but powerful crescent-shaped enclosure.


“It was a place for prize cattle, and now, thanks to his flawless execution, he has transformed this previously abandoned building into something worthy of a listed monument.”

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The winners of the South West Award 2021 will now be considered for the coveted RIBA National Award – to be announced on Thursday, September 9.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Award for Best Building of the Year will be drawn from the winning projects of the National RIBA Award later in the year.


Southwest Jury President Robert Sakula said: “The entries we saw this year ranged from small homes to large public buildings, and encompassed everything from a transport interchange to a bridge.


A large number of projects reusing existing buildings and an ever increasing commitment to sustainability, not only in the energy and carbon costs of occupying a building, but also in the increasing emphasis on reduction of energy and carbon in the purchase of buildings, have been noticed.

In response to global warming and resource depletion, this is commendable.

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