Knole Gatehouse

NORD London, Sevenoaks, 2015


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A gatehouse to welcome visitors to Knole House, one of England's largest ancestral houses

In 2014, The National Trust commissioned NORD to replace an existing gatehouse at the entrance to the Knole estate in Sevenoaks, Kent.

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.

The building is set within a 1000-acre park populated by large oaks and plains. The great Storm of 1987 destroyed 60 per cent of the trees within the grounds and this scarring of the landscaping is still visible nearly 30 decades on.

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.


  • Begun: Oct 2014
  • Completed: Jan 2015
  • Floor area: 6m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £45,000
  • Tender date: Sep 2014
  • Procurement: Letter of Intent
  • Address: Knole House, Sevenoaks, Kent, Sevenoaks, TN15 0RP, United Kingdom

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