The project is a successful conversion of an existing 17th century barn and extension to a collection of farm buildings to create a very large contemporary family dwelling set in the stunning Sussex countryside that holds many delightful surprises.
What is unique about this large new building is the sense of surprise and scale experienced after entering the new extension to the house through its diminutive entrance portal.
One experiences a sequence of beautiful large contemporary interior spaces that work in harmony to its surroundings allowing magnificent views across the landscape including splendid mature trees nearby. These spaces flow into one another, flooded with light from large walls of glass, which in turn can be made to disintegrate and fold away – fusing the exterior with the interior.
The unusual nature of this conversion is demonstrated in the way the building contrasts the fresh clean lines and openness characteristic of the contemporary new addition with that of the existing buildings’ small spaces, quirky features, wonky beams and walls – all of which have been restored with great sensitivity and care to create a very balanced and livable home.
The interior of the barn with its exposed rafters and low beams across rooms where people have to duck down reminds you of its time. Smooth walls and straight lines of the extension linked by a glazed atrium make a statement between old and new and add to fascination of the conversion.