Nov 01, 2013
This week we will show you a beautiful contemporary conversion of an old barn in Geldermalsen, The Netherlands, a project by Maxwan Architects. Wow, I'm in love with this project. We don't have a lot of pictures to show you but the ones we have will say enough. The huge open space is simply amazing. The materials choice is also great and delivers a contemporary and cozy place. Certainly a great house to live.
Description from the architects: Our clients had bought an old barn on a beautiful 2ha site bordering the river Linge. We were asked to help realize their dream of a large kitchen living room where they could relax, entertain friends and organize wine tasting sessions for their customers. In the past, the previous owners had already realized an extension by simply extruding the high barn, adding 10 meters, in two floors. At our first visit we found the house difficult to inhabit. Most strikingly, virtually no relation existed to the beautiful landscape surrounding the house. All façade openings were too small, in the wrong place, or both. We proposed to invert the layout of the house, moving the offices and storage space to occupy the recent extension and the private spaces to the old barn. A large slit was cut into the barn roof to bring in light. The final touch was a large piece of furniture that would serve as kitchen, storage, stairs and library all at once.
Make sure to check out Maxwan Architects website for further inspiring projects. See you next week :)
We found this house at Contemporist.
Photos by Filip Dujardin.