London architecture and interior layout firm Liddicoat & Goldhill converted a cluster of derelict buildings in Kent, England, into a vacation getaway loaded with character.
“The design inverts the common barn-conversion variety, producing hermetic, introspective spaces set in open countryside,” the architects explained. “However, industrial-scale kinetic mechanisms generate openings that address key views into the countryside.”
Some of the inspiring upgrades of this 18th-century barn remodel contain a large rotating window operated by an adapted chain lift, an American aircraft hangar door and substantial insulated shutters.
Exposed beams and wood framing produce a rustic ambiance inside. The kitchen and dining area is defined by an overwhelming ceiling height, even though the living room is more cozy. A skylight, operating the length of the main roof’s ridge, illuminates the spaces.
“One of the central spatial problems was insertion of a mezzanine (for sleeping and bathing) into the main volume,” the designers mentioned. “A tapering brick chimney supports the corner of the mezzanine it incorporates a cantilevered, waxed-steel staircase and an open fireplace.”
The barn home’s sustainable functions incorporate salvaged materials, a heat pump and reclaimed light fixtures retrofitted with LED bulbs. [Photographs by Keith Collie and Will Scott]