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Sometimes you get stuck in the ground in the face of spectacular architecture. Balancing Children – Balance Sheet – is such a meeting.
A spectacular building located on the English countryside, near Thorington in Suffolk.
It is the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV that has been behind the project together with the architects of Mole Architects.
Their main educational objective has been to recreate the countryside and to make modern architecture accessible to most people. At the same time, they want the barn to be both relaxing and an exciting holiday home.
Architecture for the People
The house is therefore a rental property. The rental business is the Living Architecture that stands for. An organization that rents out several award-winning holiday homes.
The barn building is 30 meters long. The structure balances because the building is constructed in heavier materials than the projected part.
According to project manager Gijs Rikken in the architectural office MVRDV, you can feel that the house moves if you jump on the outer end.
He tells Bonytt. No that free-standing architecture has always been a part of their language. Such an architecture is exciting, at least to some extent.
– The point is to create something visually so that it inspires people to question certain rules. It creates a tension, says Rikken.
Another point is that the visitor gets a horizontal experience of nature. As you walk in the corridor you experience changes in nature around you, without having to change height. You see the grass, the flowers, the trees and the branches. In addition, we meant that a holiday home must be fun. There must be nothing more than just a house, says Rikken.
The exterior is covered with metal plates, which, like the sloping roof, reflect the surrounding nature and the changing seasons. This means that the sky, trees and landscape are integrated in some ways in the building itself.
The house has recently received award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is now fighting for the prestigious Manser Medal.
Maybe they have good opportunities to win. The English Institute at least refers to the barn in swollen words:
“Newly constructed buildings that can induce such powerful feelings of obscure but light-hearted turmoil are very rare and the balancing barn hits in a very unusual way”, they write.
Interesting glass flooring
By the way, Studio Makkink & Bey has created most of the furniture in the home.
When you enter, you will find the kitchen and a large dining room. Then comes a series of four double bedrooms, each with separate bathroom and toilet. In the hanging area there is a large living room with panoramic windows.
There is also a glass floor that allows you to look down on the lawn. In addition, there are roof lights that ensure the house continuous light.
Inside the floor is clad in ashes, including columns and ceilings.
Living Architecture states that the Suffolk region is rich in opportunities for all ages, including walking, cycling and swimming.
The house should also accommodate eight people. It is insulated and ventilated with a heat recovery system, heated by a rock heat pump, which provides an energy efficient building.
The project also came to the top of the leisure category at the Condé Nast Traveler Innovation & Design Awards 2011 for innovative design.
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