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Modern barn is half transparent, half concealed

RV Architecture designed a home with just the right amount of windows

Photo: René de Wit

This house in The Netherlands gets the best of both worlds. The gabled structure is split in half—half opaque, half all glass. RV Architecture positioned the home in the center of a triangular plot where its translucent side faces the backyard and its walled facade faces the front.

Inside, the airy home embraces its height with a steeply slanted roof that allows the living room to soar. A single beam cuts across the windows as support. “The connections of the building parts are kept as pure as possible,” the architects explain on ArchDaily.

Living room with large windows Photo: René de Wit
Living room with concrete floors Photo: René de Wit

Windows encase the dining area and doors open onto the backyard giving the house a jewel box-like feeling. A floating staircase leads upstairs to the bedrooms and a lofted area that overlooks the living room. The architects designed the open plan living room to flow into the kitchen, where a curved wall creates an unconventional entryway to the house.

Kitchen with curved wood wall Photo: René de Wit