Barn conversions rank high in many people's dream of country living and this remarkable conversion in Kent by architects Liddicoat & Goldhill reminds us why.
The building, once a threshing barn / dairy / stables complex, has been cleverly converted for contemporary living whilst retaining the original agri-industrial spirit of the space. The house is full of outstanding design features, including a barn-style door which slides open to reveal an enormous glass wall that pivots open by pulling an adapted lift chain mechanism. A whole side wall of the building has been replaced with an American aircraft hangar door, which folds open to create a canopy over the terrace area. A skylight runs along the full length of the roof, flooding the open plan interior space with light. A new mezzanine has been installed to accommodate the bedroom and bathroom spaces, accessed via a spectacular spiral staircase which winds its way around an original brick chimney in the middle of the living area.
This is a great example of how well contemporary industrial aesthetic can work in a rural setting.
Furniture with an industrial style aesthetic work surprisingly well in a rural setting. The Split Step from Frederik Roije looks great in the kitchen and the Overdyed Side Chair from Diesel Living is perfect for a country-style dining table.
Lighting for large open plan spaces can be challenging. A combination of large, feature pendants and more intimate table lights work wonders. Here we have teamed together the Poppy suspension light and the Chou table light from LZF, both in glowing natural wood veneers.
Contemporary, sculptural accessories such as the Heirloom vase from Moustache would look great in this converted barn. For a more industrial yet artisanal touch try the Pipework candelabra from Nick Fraser.
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