The house was designed as one of Alain de Botton's Living Architecture projects as a holiday home for people who come to have a dialogue with landscape. Instead, the building has a voyeuristic character whereby visitors gaze out on, rather than engage with their surroundings.
As a place to visit rather than live in, it develops an idea of mismatch and imbalance. The consistent use of ash over walls, floors and ceilings gives a carved quality to the interior that is cleverly at odds with the slight defections that remind visitors that they are suspended in mid-air.
Creating buildings that can evoke such powerful feelings of obscure but pleasurable unease is very rare and the balancing barn hits the mark in a very unusual way.