Black Swan Barn is a contemporary barn conversion of a Grade II Listed building comprising a grouping of dairy and cattle barns alongside the original farmhouse.
The building now provides luxury holiday let accommodation and applies modern detailing and materials set within the historic fabric offering a striking example of rustic meets contemporary.
The barn conversion comprised a small pavilion shingle clad extension which has a contemporary aesthetic and monolithic agricultural appearance. This pavilion provides living room accommodation and is dislocated from the barns but linked by a thin zinc roof and glazed walls to create a ‘receding’ glass link aesthetic.
The existing barns retain their agricultural heritage by exposing and celebrating their structure and features and walls are either left as exposed brickwork, reapplying original timber cladding or rendered clay lump (earth blocks). Walls are insulated with natural breathable materials including breathable paint finishes.
The glazed entrance is located visible to the approach to the dwelling but being glazed offers a glimpse through into the new pavilion. The new pavilion is positioned so that it does not compete visually with either of the existing barns. The fine glazing of the link ensures the main barn walls are visible in this area both inside and out.
Thornham Magna, Suffolk