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.
Britt Crepain, Stefan Spaens and Joep Debie are the super creative architects that make up CSD Architecten, based in Antwerp, Belgium. I love all the funky details in each space – especially the steel, deep ledge windows of the slatted wood home.
When I stumbled upon the portfolio of interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf I instantly fell in love. Located in the South of France, Marie-Laure has designed some spectacular rustic homes that are so incredibly dreamy. Her neutral colour stories, natural fabrics and modern mixed with classic furnishings and fixtures is perfection. I could live in any of these spaces exactly as they are.
Designed by David Boyle Architect two semi detached houses designed to different plans and sitting on an inner city block provide the perfect home for the owners and a second property to rent or sell to finance the project. Sounds simple and clever. Equally simple and clever is the design solution reached by the DBA practice. A great example of small scale urban consolidation but more importantly a wonderful starting point for the expression of the owner’s own aesthetic. Interlocking positive and negative spaces, layering of building materials to provide texture and interest, passive environmental design and salvaged and recycled materials. It’s practical, clever and quirky.
Beautifully designed and crafted houses. It seems obvious what an architect strives to achieve. Homes that seamlessly fit their site and their owner’s needs. Two homes today from Jon King of Design King Company. Timeless and clever, practical and specific with a wonderful sense of place. A celebration of the external and a revelling in the internal and private. The first home at Palm Beach has a sense of drama, almost a stage presence. The second, a family home at Coogee turns inwards and provides a sanctuary, a private wonderland for those who live within.