The Barn is a modern contemporary family home, located within a tranquil coastal setting in rural Hampshire. The brief was to design a low energy replacement dwelling, with exceptional energy efficiency, in keeping with its spectacular setting, local vernacular and to embrace the surroundings. The massing and proportion of this single storey building is deliberately sensitive, incorporating natural materials that blend barn and landscape, reducing the homes impact on the site. The design was influenced by the architecture of local agricultural buildings, the nature of the exposed coastal site and the stringent local planning requirements. Materials incorporated in the design are contextual, appropriate for the harsh coastal climate and selected to enhance the fluid relationship between the interior and exterior whilst remaining sympathetic to the particular qualities of place. The exterior is clad entirely in recycled (from another barn) wide timber boards, including the roof and the terrace decking, the reused wood brings a unique and rich patina to the scheme. The texture and richness of wood is celebrated to the north and south gable where full height, rough cut waney edge Douglas Fir boards are arranged as fins jutting out from the building; blurring the distinction between building and landscape.