A transformed barn into a stylish home

Transforming an old barn into a stylish new home, was not just about creating elegant interiors with a rustic touch; the building’s relationship to the outside world and its physical and emotional connection to the surrounding landscape, were just as crucial in the design process. Belgian architecture and interior design practice Buro II, who a few years ago received the commission to re-design an old farm barn in the rolling hills of Central West Flanders. “The farm was the main place where people lived alongside nature, seeing it both as force and as threat,” says the architect, who took into account the weather conditions and the surrounding nature, when working on the Barn House’s design. Seeing the barn re-interpretation as a way of developing and managing the landscape, the architect added a new, residential dimension to a structure once only connected to working the land.

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