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Black Barn Conversion: The Ancient Party Barn

Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.

THE ANCIENT PARTY BARN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE

“We are thrilled that the Ancient Party Barn has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award.”

The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, and was set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.

The prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill

Take Control of Your Money One Step at a Time | Dave Ramsey

Building a new future with money is a lot like building a home. You don’t add the roof until you’ve finished framing, and you don’t frame until the foundation is secure. Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps are designed to help you out of debt and stress and into a life of saving and giving. We’re all in different places with money. Start right where you are and get where you want to be. Know-how is 20% of the equation. Behavior change and self-discipline make up the other 80%. You can do it! Just follow the steps. Continue reading Take Control of Your Money One Step at a Time | Dave Ramsey

Wood Studio House

Simple and form and materials, the Wood Studio House is designed to be eco-friendly in every aspect, from the direction it faces to the placement of the windows. It’s set on a hill above a town north of Barcelona, and built on top of an older structure to minimize its environmental impact. The wood that both frames the house and is used to clad the exterior and interior walls is sourced from the Catalan Pyrenees, there are solar panels on the roof for electricity, a small beehouse for honey, and water tanks that collect from the roofs and exterior pavement, in turn using it for irrigating the lawn and organic kitchen garden. The interior is similarly simple, with stark white floors and cabinetry contrasting with the natural walls, ceiling, and black fireplace with integrated wood storage.

Read more about it here at the Dom Arquitectura website.

MYPERFECTDAY in Vienna: a walk on Vienna’s wild side with Hannah and her Lipizzan

Hannah, the first assistant rider at the Spanish Riding School, shows you her favorite spots in Vienna and gives you an up-close look at what it’s like to work with the renowned Lipizzaner stallions.

Hannah’s perfect day starts on horseback – during the morning exercise at the Spanish Riding School (1st district, Michaelerplatz 1). The school has cultivated classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for 450 years.

It might come as a surprise that some white Lipizzans are actually brown and many horses have nicknames. Hannah sets the record straight. A look at the tack room makes it clear that order rules the day, which makes sense in an all-male stable that houses 72 stallions. And off we go: before we can cry whoa, horsey, Hannah leaps into the saddle and trots into the manège! Continue reading MYPERFECTDAY in Vienna: a walk on Vienna’s wild side with Hannah and her Lipizzan

New Beginning from Volvo featuring Avicii

The official film for Feeling Good – a creative collaboration with Avicii.
Sometimes you have to go back to where it all began to go further than you have ever been before. To take a step back, get back to your roots, recharge your batteries, start fresh. Continue reading New Beginning from Volvo featuring Avicii

BoConcept : The Guest

BoConcept is Denmark’s most global retail furniture chain with more than 270 brand stores in 60 countries around the world. The company has produced furniture for more than 60 years. BoConcept offers a complete coordinated design collection to achieve a personal, functional and stylish home. The company is known for its high level of professional service that helps customers making the most out of their space. Continue reading BoConcept : The Guest