When we think about Luxembourg now, the second richest country in the world with its thriving financial sector, it’s difficult to imagine the country’s more agrarian history. The picture perfect village of Dalheim now has a reminder of what the country used to be like.
STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes were commissioned to create a family home in the place where a barn used to stand. While there are references to the barn that used to stand here, “In The Middle Of The Village” is clearly a modern house. The cedar clad volume butts up against a neighboring house like the old barn used to. The vaulted cellar was kept with the new house built upon this, so it also has much the same footprint as its predecessor. Upon approach, one first sees the rustic cedar slats that the walls are covered in. A massive glass window emblazoned with the street number flanks a similarly oversized door. Inside, the ground floor opens up to an expansive living area, a hat tip to the barn that was. The rear sliding doors bring the terrace and the garden outside in, allowing the residents to enjoy the march of the seasons. The first floor contains two children’s rooms, one guest room and the family room. A glass-encased stairwell allows for a visual connection to the kitchen and living areas below. The master bedroom sits under the roof with its own special view out onto the garden.
Shutters that can close the house up, generous proportions and the use of materials we associate with more rustic applications reference the barn that was, but at the same time create a comfortable and modern home.