Dutch Barn Conversion in Herefordshire
KODA architects have submitted a new planning application for a Dutch Barn conversion in Herefordshire as part of the wider redevelopment of the farmstead.
At the turn of the 20th Century the Dutch Barns across the country were built from any materials which were readily available, as such they have become part of the farmyard aesthetic. Often built from telegraph poles, their purpose was to provide sheltered accommodation for hay and straw but this use later diversified to sheltering any farm equipment. With their iconic curved roof structures, they are becoming increasingly lost in favour for larger more practical structures, as such, Dutch Barns are becoming increasingly rare in Herefordshire.
The Dutch barn conversion in Herefordshire uses the rhythm of the new steel frame with punctuations within the structure to allow views out over the Herefordshire countryside.
Using the traditional Dutch Barn forms as a key element of the proposal, the design team at KODA architects expressed the barrel vaulted roof in the first floor volume. New powdercoated steel trusses take reference from the traditional Ironmongery seen in traditional Dutch Barns. To the centre of the barn is the main double height atrium with a bespoke steel staircase and feature walls which bring in the exterior cladding to the interior. The double height volume provides a sense of space and an open feel to the traditional barn aesthetic.
The internal space is maximised through a large open plan kitchen and living area with bi-folding doors leading to an external terrace. The new five bedroom dwelling has a flexible layout, ready for a busy family environment. Additional bedrooms are located on the ground floor can be used as reception rooms or bedrooms, depending on the occupants requirements. A boot room is located off the main living accommodation adjacent to a home study, allowing the building to cater for a range of families at any stage.
The exterior takes its form from the existing farm yard materials pallet with timber cladding but with a contemporary zinc cladding referencing the crinkly tin structures on the site. The long reaching interior views over the Herefordshire Countryside contrast against the sharp grey aluminium windows providing a striking intervention sitting within the Dutch Barn structure.
Complimenting the new Dutch barn house, using the same language and materials pallet, a garage and stabling block has been developed which adds the farm yards aesthetic. The Dutch barn conversion adds to KODA architects Barn Conversion Portfolio.
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