Stay: The Balancing Barn

Walberswick, England
06.29.2011 | by: Alexandria

Dangling over the edge of a hill, the 100-foot-long Balancing Barn divides half its space on terra firma, and half hovering on thin air. Standing on the edge of a nature reserve 11 miles inland from the Suffolk Coast in England, the silver-tile clad structure looks like a Airstream trailer reinterpreted by some Dutch design genius. OK, so it was designed by Dutch wunder-architect, Winy Maas of MVRDV, who’s an ace at creating spaces that are both playful and dramatic. The fact that he installed a swing hanging from the far end of the cantilevered edge feels like the ultimate architectural in-joke. But more than just a feat of engineering, the Barn was built to embrace its setting. The silver cladding reflects the surrounding meadows, woods and pond, and the interiors reveal that Nordic passion for mixing high-functioning design with old-world coziness—think Miele appliances and lots of down comforters under the same roof.

The Details

With four bedrooms, the secluded retreat houses up to eight and rents for approximately $1,000 for a four-night, mid-week stay. Contact Living Architecture.

[Photos: MVRDV, Copyright Edmund Sumner]

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