Based on an interpretation of local black agricultural barns, the 300-square-meter house will be clad in charred timber, an ancient Japanese form of natural preservation as a way to enhance the longevity and beauty of wood.
The design is a modern yet sensitive interpretation of the humble black agricultural barns that have scattered the East Anglian countryside for centuries said the architect.
As a completely self-sustaining structure, Black Barn will feature a variety of environmentally conscious features, such as a solar array, bio-diesel generator with heat recovery system, battery storage, on-site sewage treatment, and water sourced via borehole.
In order to take advantage of solar heat gain, the structure incorporates a large gable end to the south and tapered roof to the north, which will minimize heat loss, as well as circulate fresh air through high-level openings in the gable.
Black Barn will additionally reduce its carbon footprint by utilizing locally sourced timber, aggregate, and flint, and will minimize food miles by planting a domestic orchard of local tree species and vegetables.
Furthermore, the building aims to have as little impact as possible on its surroundings, and thus it is designed as a floating sculptural form to look as if it was hovering over the wild grass meadow.
LocationDallinghoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13, United Kingdom
PhotographsCourtesy of Studio Bark
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