An old farmhouse in the Netherlands has been brought back to life thanks to an amazing modern redesign. Dutch architecture firm Bureau Fraai recently renovated a mid-century farmhouse, named the Barn Living Aalten, by gutting the interior to add modern, light-filled spaces and a stunning metal-clad extension. In contrast with the modern changes, the architects preserved the 1950s brick exterior for a striking juxtaposition between old and new.
Located in a village in the eastern Netherlands, the Barn Living Aalten was commissioned by a young family who sought a complete renovation to the outdated interior. The architects responded by opening the entire ground floor up to views of the outside garden and access to natural light through large windows. The transformed interior sports a minimal look with mostly white walls and light timber furnishings. The arrangement of rooms were left at roughly the same locations and dimensions, and comprise an entrance, storage space, living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry.
The most striking change to the farmhouse is the metal-clad gabled extension that houses a spacious lounge with generous outdoor views. In contrast to the existing barn’s brick and ceramic tile materials palette, the bold extension is clad in pre-weathered titanium zinc with hidden aluminum window frames. Exposed timber trusses—visible from the exterior—add a beautiful design touch and allude to historic Dutch farm vernacular.
Images via Bureau Fraai