Modern Rustic Designs – Shawm House

View all 25 Photos

A beautiful example of modern rustic design, Shawm House looks at home in its natural environment, in the charming village of West Woodburn, England. This newly built dwelling sits on the footprint of a demolished barn, right at the edge of Northumberland National Park. Designed by MawsonKerr Architects, the house provides a contemporary take on vernacular architecture. It features a refined yet still rural appearance. The use of local materials anchors the building in its local context, while its contemporary and eco-friendly design fulfills the clients’ desire to live in an “outstanding piece of architecture” that is both comfortable and energy efficient.

The name explains the idea behind the house’s aesthetic. “Shawm is an old Northumberland term meaning ‘to warm oneself’ and the house uses a simple form which is a ‘wrapped’ super insulated blanket cladded in larch,” the architects explain. Seamless and minimal, the wooden exterior complements the existing structures and other nearby farmhouses. Multiple windows maximize the views as well as the amount of natural light, resulting in a bright living space connected to nature. Immaculate white walls and wood flooring further enhance the cozy and elegant ambience. Upstairs, the socializing areas offer uninterrupted views over the valley. On the ground floor, the bedrooms and study open towards the garden and the bucolic landscape. Photographs© MawsonKerr Architects.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

    A creatively designed retreat that celebrates an ancient local tradition. Built on the banks of…

  • andBeyond Vira Vira Lodge

    A serene retreat set on a working farm in Chile. Back in the early ‘90s,…

  • Eastwind Hotel & Bar

    A cozy upstate New York retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The brainchild of a group…

  • The Kumaon

    A serene mountain retreat in the Himalayas. Located 1600m above sea level in the Village…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(188757)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Caldeireiros Houses

    17th-century dwellings become modern apartments. Clínica de Arquitectura’s Caldeireiros Houses project began with the refurbishment…

  • Cerna Voda Mountain Lodge

    A compact cabin that complements its dark cladding with a warm interior. Nestled in a…

  • The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions

    A coastal retreat that immerses guests into nature. Located in a stunning natural landscape in…

  • Sydney Cottage by Panovscott

    A small house in an urban space becomes welcoming cottage linked to nature. The owner…

  • Casa Xólotl

    From a house in disrepair to architectural gem. Located in Mérida, Mexico, Casa Xólotl is…

  • Dancing Light House

    A modern dwelling that celebrates the desert, mountains, and light. Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona,…

  • Villa Monoi

    A dream getaway in Costa Rica. Built right near a beach between Playa Tamarindo and…

  • Trautenberk Microbrewery by ADR

    An old mountain lodge modernized into an elegant retreat. Located in the north-eastern part of…

  • House In Neveklov

    A black wooden house that hides a bright and airy interior. Minimalist and restrained, this…

  • The Mylla House

    A wooden cabin with a creative pinwheel design. Built on the top of a hill…

Close Cart