Elegant Suspended Balancing Barn : Silver Holiday Retreat in England
Architecture

Elegant Suspended Balancing Barn : Silver Holiday Retreat in England

An elegant silver cladding covers the exterior of this amazingly beautiful construction cantilevering over panoramic views of the woods and meadows of Suffolk, England. The traditional barn shape was altered by an exterior that tries to overcome classic design in the countryside and offer an educational goal: making architecture available and accessible in the beautifully natural rural areas. The silver cladding on the outside walls and roof reflect nature and all its changes: all four seasons take part in this uniquely constructed structure. Balancing Barn is created by architects from MVRDV furnished by interior design firm Studio Makkink Bey whose designers created an oasis of modern comfort and timeless elegance.


Holidays or vacations spent in this 30 meters long cantilevered wonder can bring you an interesting experience: half of the barn seems to float over the hill and makes you a participant to nature`s changes. Looking down from the house, the terrain slopes more until the viewer has a complete tree level view of the amazing scenery. The rigid structure is supported by a concrete core that is heavier on the part where the building touches the ground. This holiday home is up for rent and it can accommodate up to 8 people. The interior design is supported by a neutral timber that acts like a canvas for the inspired colours and elements that combine old and contemporary Britain. All the interior design elements – carpets, wall-paper, textile wall-elements- create a playful and comfortable residential feeling. Ventilated by a heat recovery system and insulated, the barn also receives heat from a ground source heat pump, making it an energy efficient structure.  Fun, beautiful and unique, the Balancing Barn must be put on your next holiday list.

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8 comments

  • Alex October 18, 2010 at 15:13 PM Login to Reply →

    Great Design. I love how the cantilevered section has a practical purpose, creating a sheltered outdoor space (and that awesome swing). It’s a great idea for a holiday house. I also really like the sliding windows–very elegant.

  • James October 18, 2010 at 16:40 PM Login to Reply →

    noice! very innovative design!

  • James McKinnon October 18, 2010 at 16:58 PM Login to Reply →

    I love the way the silver cladding catches the light and changes colour, but the real beauty is on the inside. Wonderful use of the space. The window in the floor is brilliant.

  • LifesboxModularHomes October 19, 2010 at 02:17 AM Login to Reply →

    I used to see it since it was prototyped in the Contemporary Modular Home book bought from B2S book store. Very good, Today it become touchable construction. Thanks for sharing -Lifesbox-

  • karen ho fatt October 19, 2010 at 04:53 AM Login to Reply →

    I must say this is quite the house. The cantilevering gives it some drama for sure. The silver cladding may be a little hard on the eyes at high noon though with the reflections. The all wood interior surprisingly does not overpower but has a softness to it, I guess one could equate it to a pastel paint.The black glass fireplace adds an accent. The furnishings and brighter colors add needed visual balance. Overall beautiful, serene and sophisticated. I wouldn’t mind spending my holiday here!Publisher,familyfirepit.com

  • mir hasz October 19, 2010 at 07:37 AM Login to Reply →

    i love the metal silver brick .its a good idea…just wonder what its made from ? aluminium or stainless stell..

  • carl October 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM Login to Reply →

    It’s pretty ugly, looks like a huge park trailer gone off into the ditch. The interior is beautifully designed though, but I just can’t get over the exterior and how cheep it looks.

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