Requested to build “nothing that looks like a house,” an architect creates a barn-inspired retreat with its own conservatory to help regulate interior climate throughout the year.
When Nadine Engelbrecht’s parents asked her to design a rural residence for them that looked nothing like an ordinary home, they were seeking a place in which they could escape the hectic pace of urban living. Through an unconventional floor plan and barn-inspired design, the South African architect has brought this request to life on her parents’ 80-acre farmland just outside of Pretoria.
Tapping into the vernacular of the nearby African barns, the 6,458-square-foot house, named The Conservatory, has been designed with a massive glass facade. At the push of a button, this glazed facade retracts discreetly upward toward the soaring, pitched roof to open the lofty interiors to the grassy farmland outdoors.
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