Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
A Barn House in the Countryside in Donderen, The Netherlands by aatvos
May 31st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: aatvos
The task of conceiving a private home in the countryside south of Donderen in the North of the Netherlands raises the question as to how far the existing typology is suitable, without resorting to historicizing architecture. This local typology is strongly determined by the simple Drenthe barn: straightforward, at a right angle to the road axis, centered in the countryside, without a privacy layer, functional, a single construction layer with roof. Farms fitting this description have already existed for centuries.
Due to the withdrawal of farmers from the countryside and the arrival of urban dwellers with a desire for space, many old farms are being used as and reconverted into residential farms, without altering this typology. However, at the moment that the need for replacement development arises for this new function, the question comes up whether or not a private home can be conceived within this traditional description by incorporating modern-day demands with comfort, privacy, and a subtle transition from exterior to interior.
The design responds to this by, on the one hand, embracing the classical typology and, on the other hand, developing the new living demands. Due to local regulations, the house is designed within the footprint and spatial template of the original barn that once stood at the site. As this area is know for its straight forward architecture with low-cost materialization, the barn house is developed to fit within its context.
A steel constructions is covered with concrete floor plates to create a huge space. In this space an inner house is placed as a house within a house. All necessary functions are located within this inner house, so the surrounding living areas are extra spaces – like the original barn used to have. The house is covered with corrugated sheets, a low cost materials normally used to cover a haystack. In order to control visual privacy, the main windows are covered with wooden shutters that filter sunlight and regulate viewing.
The barn house is placed on a large wooden platform to attach the house to its garden, creating a very easy connection and establishing an interaction between the house and its garden life, with lots of different terraces and a swimming pool.