BUTTERFLY BARN BY ANDREW HUGHES ARCHITECT

30 June 2017

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I came across Butterfly Barn via The Modern House last night and got sucked into dreaming about my future property. In their own words “The Modern Home sells Britain’s most exceptional living spaces” and the Butterfly Barn by Andrew Hughes Architects is right up there with my top choices.

This contemporary four bedroom house sits in rural Essex on a large plot surrounded by open farmland and the architect’s striking roof line echoes the wings of a butterfly which create some dramatic triangular internal walls. The building’s clean lines with no overhanging roof, window sills or any other external decoration remind of the barn that previously stood in the same footprint. It’s clad in vertical panels of larch timber which emphasise the geometric roof lines and simple square or rectangular shaped windows to take in the views and surrounding countryside.

I love the open plan kitchen / living / dining area with sliding doors leading out onto a terrace and the garden beyond. My favourite room has to be the blue family room though. Such a striking colour, giving a cosy feel yet maintaining contact with the outside through a large picture window.

Another great modern architectural feature are the exposed steels that hold up the roof and allow you to read the building’s structure – similar to that of a barn where the timber construction and beams are visible.

I think I might just be able to overcome my fear of living rural with this property. And if you’ve fallen in love with it too you can actually go and view it this Saturday, 1st July via The Modern House.

Check out another stunning rural residence here – Reydon Grove Farm by Norm architects.

 

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butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

butterfly barn, andrew hughes architects, the modern house, exceptional living spaces, essex, rural, countryside, geometric roof lines, triangular, open plan, exposed steels, trend, modern, contemporary, style

 

 
VIA | The Modern House
 
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REFURBISHMENT OF A MEXICAN TOWNHOUSE BY BELGIAN ARCHITECTS

26 June 2017

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I’m often torn between the benefits and draw backs of globalization but this refurbishment of a Mexican townhouse by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek and Belgian interior designer Marc Merckx has to be a prime example of why globalization is a good thing.

Both architect and designer are former associates of Vincent van Duysen and all share a similar sense of detail, craftsmanship, simplicity and love for unassuming, tactile and raw materials. I first came across this project by following Marc Merckx on Instagram where he showed details of the polished concrete floor, the stunning arabescatto marble and locally sourced parotta wood alongside the wafer thin metal staircase.

I love how the urban jungle courtyard garden with large foliage plants, ferns and palm trees contrasts with the timeless minimalism of the interior and exterior, a previously 1970ies brutalist four storey building. Schuybroek and Merckx have achieved an elegant timeless house by keeping to their restraint material selection.

You can see Vincent van Duysen’s refurbishment of Antwerp’s Graanmarkt here.

 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Nicolas Schuybroek Architects with thanks
 
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DANISH COTTAGE WITH HIGH CEILINGS

22 June 2017

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You don’t really associate wooden cottages with high ceilings but this Danish home built in 2008 has been cleverly designed so that the main living / kitchen / dining area has 7m high sloping ceilings which not only harness lots of light but add a sense of generosity and space. Paint it all white and add some Dinesen floorboards and you’ve got the perfect backdrop for Scandinavian living.

You can see more of this stunning Danish cottage over here.

 
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MORE INFORMATION | Femina
PHOTOGRAPHY | Jens Barslund
 
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CRITTALL STYLE DOORS AND WINDOWS IN SYDNEY HOME

19 June 2017

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The weather has been so sunny here in the UK lately and I’m more than ever drawn to beautiful outdoor spaces you can live in, have a meal, BBQ, play or simply enjoy the sunshine.

This home in Sydney is a gorgeous example and I’m in love with the Crittall style doors and windows and the customised plywood kitchen all set against a white backdrop with large sculptural plants and rich textures. That window seat in the bedroom is pretty special too to take some time out, reading or simply observing the outside and reflecting – something that is in short supply around here.

If you want to see more OUTDOOR LIVING spaces head to my Pinterest board here.
 
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& PHOTOGRAPHY | Maree Homer with thanks
 
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PLACES TO GO | NAEVAER RESTAURANT BY NORM ARCHITECTS

16 June 2017

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Norm Architects have managed to design another hip interior for the intimate new Naevaer restaurant in Copenhagen.

With a moody colour palette of dark greys, burgundy and black the industrial space has been given intimacy and tactile natural materials like stone, wood, metal and decorative plants with large foliage add warmth to the raw concrete walls.

It’s a casual but upmarket restaurant where you can enjoy fine wines from around the world and French cuisine should you be one of the lucky few who manages to get a seat in this hip new place.

 
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Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

Norm Architects, Naevaer restaurant, Copenhagen, moody colour palette, intimate, dark, raw, industrial, tactile materials, large foliage, decorative plants, casual, style, trend, hip

 

 
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