Studio Bark created this completely self-sustaining home in the English countryside of Dallinghood, Suffolk with the idea of marrying the past and the future. Black Barn mimics the classic charred timber construction local to the area, but incorporates a more modern touch with an array of passive features meant to lower the family’s carbon footprint. You could call it a modern way of returning to our roots.
The yet-completed home will feature a bevy of green elements. Charring timber, an ancient Japanese technique, is used to preserve the wood without chemicals. The dramatic line of the roof draws the eyes to its unique angle, which hovers above the wild meadows on a concrete foundation. Locally-sourced timber, aggregate, and flint will be used in the construction, paying homage to the natural landscape.
The home will be equipped with a solar array, bio-diesel generator, and battery storage. On-site sewage treatment and water accessed through a borehole mean the home is completely off the grid. An orchard of fruit trees and vegetable gardens reduce the family’s food footprint in the 300 square meter home.
Heating and cooling are simplified with the heavily insulated walls and roof, as well as a widely overhanging gable over the balcony. A southern-located concrete slab absorbs heat during the day and disperses it throughout the space as the indoors become cooler. The barn is a perfect home for a family who loves the countryside, history and architecture as much as living in an environmentally conscious manner.
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