Barn conversions are always a favorite at Inhabitat, but this particular adaptive reuse project stands out from the pack with its secret library hidden behind barn doors. London-based Studio Seilern Architects converted a 17th century farmhouse into a contemporary space with an art gallery, office space, and a library. The converted farmhouse, called the Albion Barn, is located in the Conservation Area of Little Milton in Oxfordshire, England.
Bestowed with the Historic Interest Building Status, the Albion Barn is the Old Belchers Farm’s main barn building located just out of view from the street. The barn’s facade is mostly clad in blackened weatherboarding save for a few small sections of red brick. The dark exterior provides a sharp contrast to the interior, accessible through restored sliding barn doors, that feature mostly white walls and light timber floors.
The white walls serve as an appropriate backdrop to the exhibition spaces and are also used in the office spaces and dining room. Natural light streams through multiple skylights. At the heart of the barn lies a cozy library hidden behind four doors that double as bookshelves. Books line all four sides of the two-story room and, thanks to an optical illusion created by the polished steel ceiling, appears to be larger than its actual size.
Images via Studio Seilern Architects