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Black Barn Conversion

Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.

Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill

  • Ty Hedfan House

    Inspired by the traditional Welsh longhouse, the Ty Hedfan House blends a stunning design with local materials. The living room is cantilevered over the River Ysgir, giving the home its "hovering house" name, while a second wing is buried under a green roof and holds a guest room and study. Locally-sourced materials like slate, wood, and stone were used to build the home, which has four bedrooms, as well as two outdoor areas to take in the sounds of the river below and the sights of the nearby hills.

    Photos: Featherstone Young

  • Tungestolen Cabin Cluster

    Situated on a plateau under Norway's Skyttarbudalen, the Tungestolen Cabin Cluster integrates its surroundings to awaken your inner adventurer. Both existing landscapes and new constructions work together to create a unique spiral effect throughout the property that provides an elevated trail from a gravel road to the courtyard. The yard is framed buy three wooden buildings and is located on the land's highest point, creating an outdoor common space perfect for taking in the steep mountainsides or getting to know your temporary neighbors.

    Photos: Snohetta