Not just a house
The Dutch Barn is an architectural stallion: a zinc clad, curved roof, new build home with oversized one-and-a-half -floor doors, inspired by the agricultural buildings on the stud farm that sold the land.
The clients consider themselves custodians rather than owners, and say it’s “not just a house”.
The challenge was to create a garden that settled this house into its surroundings. I needed to provide a softer space that the owners could interact with and enjoy, without competing with the bold architecture.
The design features an extended wildflower meadow, and is threaded through with an undulating metal sculpture that dips into and back up from the ground, leading you around the garden.