After my recent complaints about the Balancing Barn, specifically the mismatched blend of Dutch design and the Suffolk countryside, I came across Alain de Botton and Living Architecture’s latest development, the Long House.
Situated on the North Norfolk coast, this is a building to admire, incorporating a modern reinterpretation of medieval barn roofs with references to the local vernacular through the enclosing giant flint walls and extensive timber work.
This quotation from the Observer suggests great success in the architectural design:
“Insulated from the elements yet somehow part of the landscape. Which is perhaps the best experience a holiday house can offer.”
Now that is more like it…
If you enjoyed that post, then read these…
Maintain Traditions – architecture, design and the local vernacular
Consider the local vernacular. When converting or renovating you’ll already have a great reference point in the building itself and others close-by of a similar age. So, in East Anglia,…
Village Buildings of Britain by Matthew Rice
This is a compact and tidy little book with a plethora of information in both pictures and text.
The trouble with barn conversions
I suppose that I’ve been avoiding writing this post for quite some time, probably since not long after we started work on the barn and this blog.