The Danish studio Norm Architects designs a modern, flat-roofed interpretation of the traditional farmhouse in the countryside of southern England. The panoramic glazing frames the view of meadows and cornfields in an impressive way.
We are already familiar with the work of Norm Architects, as we have already written about other projects such as the Fjord Boat House, the Kinuta Terrace Apartments and most recently Azuba Residence. This time we highlight another project called Reydon Grove Farmhouse. Norm is always looking for a balance between richness and restraint and between order and complexity. These values are again evident in this project located on the edge of the Suffolk region in Great Britain. The architects designed a long narrow pavilion that fits neatly into the existing structures of the area and is comfortable with the countryside. The Norm Architect's project was elevated on a slightly raised sandstone plateau, so that the dwelling was slightly elevated to a level that matched the gentle slope of the site. Thus, the interior offers views of both the garden and the fields on the horizon. The common thread for the interior of this design are open spaces with long views. The design of the facade, in turn, revolves around transparency and making nature an integral part of the interior and the view of the impressive surroundings.
The common thread is open simple spaces and long views.
Reydon Grove Farmhouse was limited to one floor, spread over almost 250 square metres. A central hall runs the entire length of the residence and differentiates between the public and private areas accompanied by imposing windows. As a result, every room has privacy and is sheltered from the sun. Thanks to the all-glass view, the house offers many warm pleasant spots to enjoy the sun and look out over the surrounding meadows. But Norm Architect also thought about the harsh winters in Denmark. So they kept their focus on bringing nature in, both with the lighting and the materials. Of course, it would not be a typical English country house without a fireplace. Both chimneys are made of dark grey brickwork to create unity with the wooden cladding. Furthermore, the colour palette consists of light wood floors by Dinesen and warm neutral tones within each room and object. Reydon Grove Farm is a true escape to the countryside in the spirit of Norm Architects. The team went far beyond sustainability in aesthetics, materiality and craftsmanship. They went beyond the conventional modern farmhouse. Although this project was already completed several years ago, it is definite proof today of how timelessly elegant the designs of Norm Architects are.
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