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Sitting in the exposed expanse of the Cambridgeshire fens, the Stealth Barn is a bold, simple form, reminiscent of the barn it accompanies. Built as a guest house, studio or meeting place, depending on time of year and workloads: the Stealth Barn is also a retreat, a place of inspiration and enjoyment.
A long, low pavilion forms the garden’s western perimeter, just touching the listed house and contrasting sensitively with existing structures. Iroko cladding is both solid and screen, filtering views into and out of the building through glass walls. Dark grey metalwork provides contrast and a green roof environmental advantages.
The internal spaces are flooded with natural light and allow a close connection to the garden, changing skies and the sun’s passage. There are long internal vistas beside three service cores and very generous column-free, high volumes. Materials include stone, marble, teak...
Working within considerable local planning restrictions we designed a house that is both contemporary and at ease in its historic village setting.
The exterior marries vernacular materials and proportion with modern detailing while the interior’s fluid arrangement of varied spaces reveals moments of surprise and delight. Materials are largely left natural and self-finished inside and out, with inspiration coming from the area’s robust and simple farm buildings.
Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) construction provides excellent environmental performance and allowed the structure to be erected to water-tightness in only one week. The total build...