liddicoat & goldhill restore the ancient party barn in england
liddicoat & goldhill restore the ancient party barn in england
mar 20, 2016
liddicoat & goldhill restore the ancient party barn in england



liddicoat & goldhill restore the ancient party barn in england
image © will scott
all images courtesy of liddicoat & goldhill

 

 

 

set in the picturesque agricultural landscape of kent in southeast england, british practice liddicoat & goldhill has recently completed the renovation of an 18th century threshing barn into a transformed living space. the clients, a fashion designer and digital designer, are avid collectors of reclaimed architectural artifacts, allowing the architects the opportunity to approach the design from a new angle, creating a structure that is equal parts home and gallery. though the barn was in a state of almost complete collapse, many of its elements were kept intact or refurbished to be implemented into the fabric of the new space.

image © will scott

 

 

 

typically an enclosed structure with few openings, the renovation used the aid of contemporary mechanisms to open the interior spaces and provide calculated views of the landscape while bringing in plenty of natural light to the interior. the original barn doors were replaced by two massive rotating windows that allow the interior to extend outside, covered and shaded by a custom awning bifold door that completely conceals the fenestration. the interior retains much of the character of the barn, re-using exposing the existing steel structure and original timber beams that were refurbished. a skylight stretching the entire length of the roof ensures constant natural light int he open living areas.


custom doors open to reveal large windows
image © will scott

 

 

 

the mezzanine, the only element added to the plan that wasn’t an original part of the typology, provides a more private area for sleeping and bathing. the pre-existing brick fireplace serves as a spatial anchor point in the plan helping to subtly subdivide spaces and serves as a framework for a custom steel staircase that winds up onto the mezzanine level. reclaimed lights were re-fitted to work with energy-efficient LED light bulbs while a ground-source heat pump helps to warm the house. the richness of the home lies in the character of its parts, which were utilized in a way that maximizes their aesthetic and functional properties. each piece contains within it the story of its past, which is recounted within the updated space.


the main entrance opens into the center of the barn, diving the dining and living areas
image © will scott


large openings offer new views and sources of natural light
image © will scott


kitchen and dining area are relegated to one end of the open floor plan
image © keith collie


mezzanine covers a portion of the barn providing a more private space above
image © keith collie


new wood slabs play off the refurbished original green oak framing
image © keith collie


image © keith collie


central fireplace helps heat the space, also serving as the structure supporting a custom steel staircase
image © keith collie


image © keith collie


mezzanine area above
image © keith collie


bedroom
image © keith collie


image © keith collie


guest shed
image © keith collie


image © will scott


the barn sits in a lush green landscape
image © will scott


previous condition of the existing barn

 

 

 

drawings

full article here

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

architect: david liddicoat, liddicoat & goldhill llp
main contractor: virgil petraitis
site: staple farm barn, sandling road, hythe, postling, kent ct21 4ha
client: john sinclair (ustwo) and deborah harvey
structural engineers: fluid strctures
completion date : winter 2014
gross internal floor area: 213m2
total construction cost: £480,000

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

barns (20 articles)