This Balancing Barn hotel definitely isn't for the faint of heart! Designed by Dutch studio MVRDV and located in the Suffolk countryside, the unusual 100-foot-long hotel is clad in a shiny metal facade and cantilevered across a plunging grass slope. Far from your average country cottage, the steel barn hangs perilously in mid air, and includes a swing that dangles beneath the overhanging half. Hit the jump to learn more, and maybe you'll decide to stop in for your next green getaway?
Surrounded by beautiful English countryside, the Balancing Barn’s rustic form was created in reference to the nearby Suffolk farmhouses with a modern and bold. Known for their playful designs, MVRDV Architects covered the barn’s roof and walls with interlocking stainless steel shingles that distort the landscape and create the illusion that the barn is floating in mid-air. A central concrete core stabilizes the cantilevered barn.
Inside, visitors are welcomed by a cozy wood-clad interior starting with a large kitchen and dining room and followed by a set of four double bedrooms. The barn’s cantilevered half consists of an additional living space equipped with a cozy fireplace. Large sliding windows and skylights bring in natural light and offer beautiful countryside views.
Created for Living Architecture, a nonprofit holiday home rental company, the modern barn was also built to show off the very best of Dutch design. In addition to its contemporary Dutch-influenced exterior, Dutch furniture and tools were used to furnish the interior. The Balancing Barn sleeps up to eight people and can be booked online at Living Architecture.