The Barnacle: A bit like camping, but much, much better

Christopher Knapp

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The Barnacle is a compact extension to an existing residence, programmed to provide space for sleeping, bathing, writing, and sitting in the winter sun. The project is designed to deliver a maximum of experience within limiting constraints. Evoking the sensation of camping, or berthing in the belly of a yacht, the project requires active participation by the occupant to open, close, and adjust built-in elements to control light, privacy, storage, and ventilation. A built-in bed with concealed lighting hovers in the center of the space, around which a hoop-pine wrapper of storage, desk space, and framed views are orchestrated. The palette of materials includes copper cladding, glass, hoop pine plywood, and Australian cypress. The result is a small extension to an existing holiday house that creates an additional private sleeping and living space for guests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving in style
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture and interiors
EditorsC van Uffelen
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherBraun Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783037681770
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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