Owlscote Barn

We were commissioned to design a contemporary family home within the rural South Oxfordshire village of Steventon. This modern dwelling is based on a simple traditionally proportioned agricultural Dutch barn, its plain barn-style elevations representative of the local rural vernacular architecture but reimagined through the use of modern-day materials. A vertical timber louvered skin encases a glass rectilinear form set within an exposed steel frame, all held beneath a striking curved zinc roof. Large expanses of glazing provide views out over the private garden and fields beyond whilst the vertical timber louvers not only offer solar shading but also provide privacy to the first-floor living spaces.