Architects: Alchemy Architects
Architect In Charge: Geoffrey Warner, AIA
Completion year: 2002
Photography: Geoffrey Warner, courtesy of Alchemy Architects
Location: Minnesota, USA
The BarnHouse I elevates and simplifies the essence of the platonic house. Ambiguities of scale and material are purposefully manipulated through large windows and 4×8 Parklex siding to provide iconic readings of “home” and “barn”. There is a timeless quality to the design of this house. Outside the main shell, the stairway becomes an iconic chimney, plastered inside and out. On the second floor, the sense of openness is increased by treating the bathroom as a wooden cube inserted into the volume of the shell.