Designed by the Canadian architects, Christopher Simmonds, the Zen Barn is a contemporary house in Ottawa, Canada. The volumetric house, spreading over 3,100 square meters, features white oak external cladding and floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a warm and transparent home environment. Quite spacious, it accommodates four bedrooms and four bathrooms and of course, a social interaction area, containing a neat, uncluttered living room and an impeccable kitchen. A staircase of industrial inspiration, with metallic and wooden finishings, allows vertical circulation. The neutral interior (we observe the presence of different shades of brown, beige, white and grey) is “interrupted” by splashes of red. In search of harmony, the architects tried to bring the outside, inside the house.
The interior boasts a strange combination of glossy and unpolished, an inspired mix, where rough wood meets super shiny surfaces. “Heated exposed concrete floors ensure comfort in the presence of large glazed areas. Cabinetry in matte white lacquer and stained ash veneer flow through the interconnected kitchen, living and dining spaces.”