Monday, May 19, 2014

A Barn Conversion


One of the reasons I do love browsing Pinterest, is to get the opportunity to learn to know a lot of interesting architectural and interior design companies worldwide.

One of the companies I really would like to introduce to you today is McLaren.Excell.

Established in 2010,  McLaren.Excell is an ambitious and energetic design-led, London based architecture practice, co-directed by Luke McLaren and Robert Excell.

Working primarily on private residential and commercial projects, both architects are driven by their genuine passion for good design.

They strive to deliver well-crafted and conceptually clear buildings and interiors.

Every project of McLaren.Excell is unique. The architects create a distinctive aesthetic that is contemporary in its proportions and detail while drawing on a language of craftsmanship and understanding of materials.


One of the remarkable McLaren.Excell projects is the conversion of a barn in Oxfordshire into a unique and comfortable living home.

The building is taken back to the bare elements of the barn’s agricultural origins.

The architects opted for a limited palette of sober materials to ensure a sense of consistency and calm throughout the building : white-oiled oak, Bath limestone, Italian basalt and natural fibre floor coverings.

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The fire place and chimney have been conceived as one huge sculpted object.

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The architects created a series of light, open spaces.

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Solid oak columns and beams.

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The staircase weighs one tonne and is completely fabricated from black steel.

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To see more of McLaren.Excell projects, visit their website here.

For more information contact the architecture practice at

Unit 3.07, The Plaza,
535 Kings Road,
London, SW10 0SZ


Wishing you all a fresh start of this new week !




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  1. I love this space! Huge, high ceilings, airy and open. My cup of tea. xx's

  2. This is amazing Greet.....LOVE barn conversions and this one is ultra stylish.

  3. Great example of a barn conversion - mixing old beams with a super chic interior.
    Hope you have a lovely week Greet,
    Liz x

  4. what a powerful home this is ... really love the combination of metal and wood ... also. Nice to see stages before completion.

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