The Balancing Barn
Dangling over the edge of a hill, the 100-foot-long Balancing Barn divides half its space on terra firma, and half hovering on thin air. Standing on the edge of a nature reserve 11 miles inland from the Suffolk Coast in England, the silver-tile clad structure resembles an Airstream trailer. Designed by Dutch wunder-architect, Winy Maas of MVRDV, its silver cladding reflects the surrounding meadows, woods and pond, and the interiors reveal that Nordic passion for mixing high-functioning design with old-world coziness—think Miele appliances and lots of down comforters under the same roof. With four bedrooms, the secluded retreat houses up to eight and rents for approximately $1,000 for a four-night, mid-week stay.