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The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Architectural artifact collectors John Sinclair and Deborah Harvey have approached award-winning architecture and interior design studio Liddicoat & Goldhill to renovate their Victorian barn shed. Located in Kent, England, their 18th-century dwelling had been transformed into a stylish party barn successfully in December 2014. Dubbed as ‘The Ancient Party Barn’, it features various mechanically operated doors and a whirling staircase around a narrowing brick chimney.  

The Ancient Party Barn has enough living and sleeping space for its owners and guests. In the remodeling project, the design team focused on reusing the existing materials and elements, such as the decaying green oak frames were scratched out, and after the off-site repair were reinstalled again. A rotating window operated by adapted chain-lift is installed behind the insulated shutters which appear like barn doors. The American aircraft-hangar door in east opens to cover up the dining terrace. The main roof has a skylight that lets in enough natural light.

The sleeping area in mezzanine features a stone accent wall to add textural essence in the space. For heating needs in the barn, a ground-source heat pump is installed that harvests warmth from paddock soil. This party barn shed uses reclaimed light fittings that are re-aligned according to low-energy LED lamps.

Most interesting feature is the multiple electrically-opened openings that not only keep the structure secure but also offer magnificent surrounding views. Despite making big changes in the traditional home design, this home renovation project has kept the originality of the structure.

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Located in a countryside location

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Multiple electrically-operated openings

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Contains enough living and sleeping space

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Stylish exteriors

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Welcoming wooden interiors

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

A whirling staircase around narrowing brick chimney with a fireplace

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

American aircraft-hangar door

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Huge skylight at rooftop

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Cozy living areas for owners and guests

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

A whirling staircase

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Stone wall in the sleeping area

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

This barn home has a mezzanine

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Multiple kitchen areas

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Floor plan for the remodeling project

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

Rustic interiors and modern exteriors

The Ancient Party Barn features mechanically operated openings

A number of openings are unique additions in the barn shed

Via: Liddicoat & Goldhill

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