The enduring symbols of a vibrant rural past, barns have become the heart and bones of a new generation of imaginative country houses that are the home of choice for those wanting to combine rural traditions and natural landscape with new architecture and unconventional layouts. Through a collection of some of the most stunning yet sympathetic contemporary conversions and new-builds in the UK, USA and Europe, "Barns" explores how architects are using and rethinking these alluring and escapist buildings. It celebrates the use of new and sometimes unexpected materials within such traditional frameworks, and highlights the appeal of vernacular architecture, which is encouraging many architects to look again at materials such as thatch, wood and straw for new buildings. Above all, "Barns" illustrates how, attracted by the space and scale that offers the potential for shaping interiors with individuality, today's architects are achieving new and innovative ways of dividing and ordering space. At the same time, drawn by the natural integrity and rustic charm of these structures, they are employing design principles that ensure they continue to complement and blend with the landscape in which they are set.
Dominic Bradbury is a freelance writer, journalist and consultant. He has contributed to many magazines and newspapers in the UK and around the world, including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, World of Interiors, Wallpaper, Elle Decoration, Vogue Living, Belle, Dwell, House & Garden and others.
His first book was published in 2000 and since then he has written many titles on architecture, interiors and design, including volumes on Mexican and Moroccan architecture. Other publications include New Country House and Mediterranean Modern. One of his most ambitious book to date is The Iconic House, with photography by Richard Powers, published by Thames & Hudson. This international survey of the landmark houses of the 20th Century has been translated into five languages.
Other recent titles include New Natural Home, also published by Thames & Hudson in 2011. His latest book is The Iconic Interior, published by Thames & Hudson in the UK and Abrams in the USA. This is a unique celebration of a hundred plus years of the most inspirational houses and apartments by pioneering designers of all kinds from Edith Wharton all the way through to Marc Newson.
He is married with three children and lives in Norfolk, England.
For more background see www.dominicbradbury.net