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Balancing Barn at Suffolk nature reserve appears to teeter on hillside’s edge but really it’s as safe as houses
The 100ft-long hotel teeters over the edge of a mound near the Suffolk coast
The holiday home is owned by non-profit rental firm Living Architecture
Daily Mail Reporter
17:58 GMT, 17 March 2013
10:53 GMT, 18 March 2013
This building may look like a health and safety nightmare, teetering over the edge of a hillside.
But the Balancing Barn is safe as houses.
The 100ft-long hotel sits atop a mound of earth near a Suffolk nature reserve and even has a swing dangling below its hanging end.
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The Balancing Barn looks like it is teetering on top of a mound of earth
Architects had fun with the house, adding a swing underneath the building
The house is available to rent through Living Architecture, a non-profit holiday homes company
The half of the building that hovers over the ground is made of lighter materials than the other, so there's no need to worry about tipping the balance. A concrete core keeps things sturdy.
The modern house, which sleeps up to eight people, was designed by Dutch firm MVRDV and is available for holiday hires through Living Architecture, a non-profit rental firm.
The company is owned by philosopher Alain de Botton, who said: 'We want to allow people to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice.'
The Balancing Barn stands on a hillside near a Suffolk nature reserve and is close to the pretty towns of Walberswick and Aldeburgh
Up to eight people can stay in the house at once
The barn is surrounded by trees, giving privacy and a pretty view
He commissioned five designs from some
of Europe's leading architects so that people had a chance to explore a
modern property while enjoying the British countryside, at a time when
many modern designs have been commissioned by private owners.
The barn is surrounded by trees, giving a colourful view as well as much-needed privacy.
Holidaymakers can also explore the nearby towns Walberswick and Aldeburgh from their stylish base near the coast.
100ft-long holiday home looks set to topple over the hillside
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The swing dangling under the house shows the architects had fun in mind
Half of the 100ft-long building is lighter than the other, so the Balancing Barn is sturdy, despite appearances