By Jen Knight
Discovered via Freshome, this project by SHED Architects of Seattle, WA is a stunning transformation of a humble barn into living and work space. Instead of trying to change the space, the architects worked with the original footprint, dividing the building into a workroom/kitchen, an apartment, a bunk room, and bathrooms. They attempted to imbue each space with natural light and highlight its relationship with the landscape.
The primary design choice was constructing a utility pass-through which separates the bunk room from the main work space. Additionally, they created an entry area which connects the apartment to the workroom. The skylights, dormers and bay windows allow the interior spaces to connect with the pastoral landscape.
The interior makes use of a minimal palette of materials and color, with extensive re-use of existing barn materials. The original barn siding became interior paneling, and salvaged floor joists were transformed into stairs, trim and countertops. In effect, the barn was turned outside in, and then wrapped in a new cedar board and batten skin that will weather and age well. The result is a welcoming, eco-friendly living space that feels right at home in the beautiful wilderness that surrounds it.