The Zen Barn – a contemporary residence in Ottawa

This simple-looking residence can be found in Ottawa, Canada. It’s called the Zen Barn and it was designed here by Canadian architects Christopher Simmonds. The style chosen is modern, with a linear construction and simple, straight lines. The geometry of the building is simple and based on both functionality and style.

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The design of this residence also allows a strong indoor-outdoor connection to be established. The large windows and the glass walls feature panoramic views of the surroundings although it also exposed the inhabitants to everyone passing by. Of course, the huge windows are strategically placed and don’t expose the private zones but only transition areas such as the staircase or portions of the living area.

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The façade and the whole exterior of the residence have a very interesting look. They are covered with reclaimed oak boards and this gives the house a nice worn look while also creating a strong contrast with the minimalist modern lines.

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The interior of the Zen Barn is also very simple and modern. The color palette is not very complex and mostly includes shades of white and grey. Red was used as an accent color and it’s featured in a series of accent pieces such as the pendant lamps which are also visible through the windows. The concrete floors emphasize the contemporary décor and also match well the color palette.