The DC2 residence is a harmonious hybrid of the rustic barn and the minimalist modern home. Vincent van Duysen Architects was given the challenge of creating a subdued country dwelling amidst a cluster of big old sheds in Tielrode, Belgium. The team would ideally achieve a consistent style between the buildings' exteriors, and a look that would not overbear the flat grassy landscape that surrounds.
The solution was to construct the farmhouse from its original footprint and to rebuild the tired stables. Each structure rose as a long, rectangular mass, capped with a 45-degree pitched roof. Greying timber cladding covers every closed surface of the DC2 residence and its barns, establishing a simplified aesthetic that manages to be bucolic and contemporary all at once.