The Barn House
The Barn House
Landed Residence / 850 sqm / 2016

The Barn House sits on a 1,500 Sqm square plot of land with two different ground levels that has a 4 meter height difference. The layout of the house divides the footprint into two has a much larger volume which descends to the lower ground level of the second half of the site. The expansive floor area and substantial volume of the house is further camouflaged visually by the segregation of the house into four undulating blocks capped by pitched roofs. Two courtyards anchor the site at opposite corners: the front courtyard, a monolithic spiral driveway, bridges the street level and the ground level of the house, while the courtyard at the back is a much more expansive and protected space.

Exploration in using solid boards of 40mm thick Japanese Cedar timber for cladding all the exterior walls of the house further accentuate the barn-like qualities. The cedar reacts quickly to sunlight and in a few years would have a beautiful gradation of patina responding to the sun path movement.