Maxwan Architects received a short from their clients to reformulate an old barn situated on 2 hectares bordering the river Linge in Geldermalsen, The Netherlands and produce a residence that included a large kitchen and living region as properly as a location that buyers could congregate for wine tasting sessions. The barn had currently had a single renovation by the previous owners which incorporated a 10 meter extension for both floors but Maxwan Architects discovered the interior space of the renovated barn did not expose itself to the surrounding landscape and that all the openings in the façade where either too small, improperly positioned or each. So Maxwan Architects recommended a radical change to the original floorplan. They proposed inverting the layout of the private and public spaces by moving the offices and storage regions into the extension and relocating the private locations to the original barn locations. Views to the landscape from the second floor exactly where designed by cutting a massive slit into the barn roof. These slanted windows also presented a direct path for natural daylight to flood the reduce levels. Once the structural allocations and modifications where decided upon the final touch was the design of a unique structure that melds the kitchen counter extension with the stairwell and library. The stairwell can be observed just previous the kitchen island that free floats in the kitchen region on large wheels for maneuverability. The island is duplicated in its all round appearance by the dining table that features the very same light wood surface and steel legs. The table is also on big castors as are the two moulded red plastic chairs. Two pendants suspended on the exposed beams naturally swag more than to the table for light as do a couple of lights over the island. The Rough hewn beams with their natural checking are a visual reminder of the humble beginnings of the barn, nonetheless there is absolutely nothing humble about the large spans of timber punctuated each and every so typically by metal cleats.
The sleek and modern day kitchen is in direct contrast to the aged barn wood but the exposed beams of the 2nd storey loft space tie the two with each other in a harmonious vignette of contrasts. The long line of windows at the base of the sloped ceiling creates a third dimension of components that keeps the space feeling light and lightw7 The open tread stairwell continues this theme. The comprehensive location is big and spacious – excellent for when wine tasting sessions want to accommodate huge groups of individuals.
The fireplace is an understated stainless steel unit with a grey 12×24″ tile façade. Protruding from the wall, there is space on each sides for baskets of wood.
The entry to the home is through a pair of curved doors. The curvature of the doors and two windows seems to be a contradiction to the rest of the space but the addition of the soft lines plays off of the dining chairs and aids create a rhythm and flow to the space that would otherwise not be there. When the doors are left open, the home has an quick connection to the outside deck – ideal for big parties on sunny days.
Just past the kitchen is the open tread stairwell. The 4th step continues in an L shape to turn into part of the extended kitchen counter and the second step continues in an L shape to grow to be a shelf under the counter for books. As you climb the stairs far more of the treads turn a corner to grow to be shelves for the property owners in depth book collection. The open side of the stairwell is supported with steel cables to permit the all-natural light from the windows to pass through them and light up the living space below.
The strip of windows at the base of the slanted ceiling floods the library with natural light making the stairwell the perfect spot to lean back and relax while perusing the vast choice of books.
At the best of the stairs the steel cables continue to become the rail program and a bench with the exact same powder coated finish on its legs is in the excellent spot to sit back and get pleasure from the views of the landscape that surround the barn.
The bench continues all the way around the loft as wrap around seating whilst at the identical time generating a barrier to the edge of the loft similar to what you may find on a deck. Above the entry and framed by the exposed beams, a clearstory window repeats the arch of the doors. The window and beams develop a repeating pattern that emphasize the size of the space while the length of side windows stops the beams from feeling overpowering.
A massive, comfy sectional wraps the two sides of the loft opposite the bench. The sofa is upholstered in a deep brown to emulate the tones of the timbers although the shag rug repeats the colour palette of the flooring.
The far side of the loft leads to the Master Suite. Here a door closes off the location so that the property owners can preserve their privacy – even although wine tasting sessions continue downstairs.