Minimalist barn

Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2012 by midcenturyjo

Rising from the fens of Cambridgeshire is a solid old barn converted to a minimalist home and work space. Old Victorian bricks add an industrial element while OSB (oriented strand board) defines spaces with the larger void and is used to create furniture. Perpendicular to the old barn is a small black clad guest house/studio. The stark, restricted exterior is warmed by an inner lining of OSB echoing the idea of straw bales. Minimalist rustic, bold, simple, adaptive. Old and new melting into farmyard. The old Ochre barn and its new Stealth barn by Carl Turner Architects.


Photography by Damian Russell, Tim Crocker and Jeremy Phillips.

rooth says:

I know all of that plywood is probably sealed and but I just look at the pictures and wince at the "splinter" potential

KimberlyRose says:

The OSB makes it look too unfinished, I think. I want that seat/bookshelf reading area, though.

d of dogland says:

The lovely bones

I do like the minimalist look but as Kimberly says above, it looks to incomplete for me. Loving the outside though!

Annie says:

I'm glad I'm not the only one a little put off by this. It seems like they ran out of money and had to finish with that one material. Way too much of one thing. The space is awesome though.

Leslie says:

What a beautiful's unfortunate what was done with the inside 🙁

Blanders says:

Apart from the fact that OSB gives off gaseous formaldehyde, it's brilliant.

But I'm sure whoever lives in this house will change it for the next "cool" look long before the formaldehyde causes any permanent organ damage.

Oh, so very loving this! Thanks for the inspiration! And the whole aspect of little parts of the room as single elements, nice.

oregonbird says:

I've seen this before, I even remember someone's comment from the time — apparently, the OSB, unless the edges are properly finished and bound, splinters dreadfully and for the person who brushes against it, quite painfully. Hopefully, this was all bound. I don't mind the look (although it's true you run the risk of not feeling very well, unless the ventilation is *very* good) you just have to accept it as it is, rather than put it up against a finished plaster wall. I think throwing in some blocks of color would help. Green. And blue. White. Outdoor, big sky colors.

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