The Christmas Barn

A festive treat this time. This building is modern-era (built 1972), but has some history behind it – hence the unusual name. A rare honour among modern-builds, this house was listed as ‘Grade II’ by Historic England. In a village outside the relatively small but world-renowned town of Cambridge, it’s a perfect mid-century end to the year.

It’s Christmas day here in England. It snowed earlier this month but none today unfortunately. Still rocking the festive spirit though!

 

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Though it’s modest on the outside, the entrance is very impressive. Timber panelling and exposed brick is a recurring theme in mid-century homes, and it’s gorgeous.

This is a really interesting house. It feels quite private but at the same time open to guests. The original brief, which was in a contemporary edition of Architectural Review*, was for a house that could accommodate a group of two to a hundred – perfect for quiet introspection or large-scale entertaining!

*Titled Houae at Histon, Near Cambridge, (April 1974), pp 228-31

 

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The floating timber bridge is a wonderful feature. And you get a feeling of space from the double-height link to the ground floor.

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Here’s a plan for the house if you’re interested. It’s semi-detached, so there’s another similar house just next to it.

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