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Summer House at Stora Gasmora

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Lying among farmed fields in Faro, Sweden, this classic gable shape cloaked in larch pretends to be a barn. Its massive sliding wooden doors and rolling shutters are part of the charade. But step inside and you’ll see a home with modern comforts and the lofty advantages of an old barn. Continue reading

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Goodman House: traditional old barn transformed in Pine Plains, NY

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The Goodman House serves as a contemporary vacation home, however by looking at it you would never guess what’s hidden behind its walls. Apparently, an early 1800’s barn was transported from its original site and re-erected inside this contemporary building of 418sqm in Pine Plains, NY. Continue reading

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Warburg House: energy efficiency for small buildings

In Alberta, Canada there’s a small building of 69sqm called Warburg House that sets a whole new standard of energy-efficiency. Bioi Architects developed a series of innovative construction techniques to achieve the perfect atmosphere for a compact pitched roof volume. Two basic solutions were adopted to guarantee the perfect blend with the climate and context of the site: first, the re-use of the barn typology as the main concept, and secondly, orienting the program for maximum southern exposure plus heavy insulation. Continue reading

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House G: Brilliant Barn Makeover

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The tricks used to enhance the spaciousness of this beautiful brick (formerly-a-barn) home are quite frankly genius! The previous home owners had expanded the home to create living, kitchen, and lounge areas. Yet the new inhabitants found that the original barn, with simply creative alterations, would be better suited for those uses. Continue reading

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Canyon Barn House: Raw Restoration

In the Cascadian foothills, a three bedroom cabin retreat nestles in a sleepy valley. The former working barn appears to have always been a home. It seems as though it was continuously well maintained and perhaps the owners just popped in a few new lights and doors. The truth is that the retreat is the result of a meticulous attentive restoration by Seattle-based mw works. Continue reading

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Ochre Barn: Renovation and Relaxation in agricultural Norfolk

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The office of Carl Turner architects in London had a triple role when working on the Ochre Barn, situated among a beautiful agricultural backdrop in Norfolk. They acted as architects, project managers and main contractors and brought to new life a multi purpose building which houses a retreat, a studio space and a private residential accommodation. Inspiration, joy and relaxation are fused together in this quite intriguing barn renovation project. Continue reading

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Brotherson Barn: assembling old and new pieces of architecture

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When architects are challenged by any kind of building restoration, one might say that the assembly of old and new becomes a challenge, while a story will be written and constantly whispered to every inhabitant or visitor. That’s the case of Brotherson Barn located in Oxfordshire, UK. A contemporary design was developed in order to accommodate a family program within the ancient stone walls of this restored barn house: this new approach acquires form by using its substance to incorporate, complement and unify the remaining of the existing structure. Continue reading

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A barn in the countryside: the essence of ancient forms

In Eelde, The Netherlands, there’s a house that captures the essence of ancient forms. A domestic architecture follows the shape and volume associated to a different kind of program: a barn! Despite the perceptible similarities with a traditional Dutch barn, this two-story building is all about modern details and ambiance. Let’s explore this wonderful countryside home a bit more… Continue reading

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Redevelopment of a barn: Blending past and present

Living in a traditional farm with all the modern comfort – Isn’t this the most amazing combination of all? In Soglio, Switzerland, a vacant structure previously used as a barn has turned into an exquisite single family house.

However, I can assure you that this fine building transcends all the usual solutions of redevelopment… Craftsmanship stands as a distinctive symbol of the magical merge between traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Continue reading

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Yum Yum Farm: modern design in a rural landscape

A small modern farmhouse rests quietly in the countryside of Iowa… This 88 sq. m. building irradiates a peaceful and serene atmosphere to the pastoral acres that surround it in all directions. Carefully positioned, the Yum Yum Farm blends modern design with a rural landscape – Quite a challenging union for such an apparent opposite elements… Continue reading