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A collective of barns and stables comprise the Old Belchers Farm. Located within Little Milton’s conservation area, this 17th century farmhouse proudly holds a Historic Interest Building Status.

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The goal was to create a contemporary space ideal for art exhibits, with proceeds going to the continuous upkeep of the estate. Aside from offices and a grand dining room, the property boasts of a central library.

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The library is the heart of the project. Four secret doors, all of which are lined with books and shelves, lead to the other spaces within the property. An eye-catching component is its polished and mirrored steel ceiling. Aside from providing an excellent aesthetic element to the space, it creates the illusion of a never-ending ceiling. Books on the higher shelves can be accessed via a cantilevered balcony.

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Visitors can enjoy the simple, intimate, yet elegant reading room.

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Enjoy ultimate privacy in the main barn that can only be reached via a private access road. To obscure its view from the neighboring property, Betts Farm House, a lean-to block addition with an asbestos roof was constructed.

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To avoid overwhelming the senses, the galleries have been simplified in terms of design — a nice contrast to the grandiose library.

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