Ansell's Barn

Tyack Architects

Dutch Barn and outbuildings, transformed to create a unique 4800 sq. ft. new dwelling in the countryside.

The success of the project hinged on the close collaboration between Architect, Landscape Architect, Client and Builder. The result is a light-filled, contemporary home that provides a characterful setting for the clients’ extensive art collection, with a mix of open plan and intimate rooms for relaxing, working and studying. The Clients report that it is a joy to live in. The character and history of the buildings is expressed through the detailing, such as the revealed stanchions of the barn and the careful combination of materials. The textures and warm tones of Cotswold stone and oak, much sourced locally, contrast attractively with the steel, glass and zinc. For the village and the local planning authority, the agricultural character of the site is preserved and by demolishing one of the barns, new views have been opened up from the village green to the open countryside beyond. An eyesore in the heart of the conservation area has been transformed into a stunning contemporary house.