The Balancing Barn

The “Balancing Barn” offers a very special living experience. From the front, it looks like a small house that fits in rather well with the other local buildings: with its barn-like shape and metal sheeting. Viewed from the side, however, you will see an extremely long (30 meters!) and unusually constructed house. It cantilevers 15 meters over the terraced terrain. This creates quite remarkable views from within: In the front part of the house the rooms are at ground level, while in the rear you stand at tree height.

Through the entrance on the front side, you enter the eat-in kitchen, followed by four bedrooms (each with its own en-suite bathroom). In the middle of the house, a hidden staircase leads down into the garden. The living room at the end of the building offers beautiful views of the surrounding hills on three sides. Glass panels in the roof and the floor contribute to the impression of living in a floating house.

What to do

The area around the Balancing Barn offers plenty of activities for all ages, including walking, birdwatching, cycling, swimming and sailing. And you can explore local castles, restaurants, pubs and teashops.

Why we like this house

Spectacular architecture which makes for an extraordinary living experience.

This house is great for

Families and friends, lovers of architecture


Region/Town UK – United Kingdom, England, Suffolk, Walberswick
Name The Balancing Barn
Scenery Suffolk
Number of guests up to 8 people
Completed 2010
Design - MVRDV, Rotterdam | project - Interior: Jurgen Bey, Rotterdam
Published NZZ Bellevue (October 2022), 6/2017 and other
Special Features The house was built for the organisation Living Architecture. Living Architecture offers to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain.
Awards RIBA Award 2011 (Royal Institute of British Architects)
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Sea
Same PartnersSecular Retreat, The Life House, The Long House, The Dune House, The Shingle House

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