Minimalist Zen-Like Barn With External Cladding in Ottawa, Canada

Designed by the Canadian architects, Christopher Simmonds, the Zen Barn is a modern house in Ottawa, Canada. The volumetric house, spreading over 3,100 square meters, features white oak external cladding and floor-to-ceiling windows, making a warm and transparent home environment. Quite spacious, it accommodates four bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and naturally, a social interaction area, containing a neat, uncluttered front room and an impeccable kitchen. A staircase of commercial inspiration, with metallic and wooden finishings, allows vertical circulation. The neutral interior (we observe the presence of various shades of brown, beige, white and gray) is “interrupted” by splashes of red. Looking for harmony, the architects tried to bring the exterior, in the house.
The interior boasts a wierd combination of glossy and unpolished, an inspired mix, where rough wood meets super shiny surfaces. ”Heated exposed concrete floors ensure comfort inside the presence of huge glazed areas. Cabinetry in matte white lacquer and stained ash veneer flow throughout the interconnected kitchen, living and dining spaces.”