Part optical illusion, part engineering marvel, the Balancing Barn by Dutch architects MVRDV is a one-of-a-kind English excursion. At its midpoint, the house starts to cantilever over the descending slope, a balancing act made possible by the rigid structure of the building. The result is 50 percent of the barn “floating” and giving a wide view over the Suffolk landscape, adjacent lake, and surrounding garden. A series of four double bedrooms follow, each with separate bathrooms. In the middle of the house, the bedroom sequence is interrupted by a hidden staircase providing access to the garden beneath. In the far, cantilevered end of the barn, a large living space is created. Dutch design office Studio Makkink & Bey adroitly adorn the interior with a combination of local and leading contemporary artisans. Throughout all the rooms, full-height sliding windows, roof lights, and a glass floor give wonderful views and access into the garden and surrounding landscape, allowing visitors the opportunity to reconnect with the rhythms of nature.
RATE: $$$ • HOUSE: SLEEPS 8 • DISTANCE FROM DENVER: 4,709 MILES