Gallery: Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA ...

 
The 2011 AIA awards for housing were just announced, and one standout is a clever home in Wisconsin that has taken cues from the architecture of local barns. The Blair Barn House' updates the traditional typology with a modern twist through the playful use of materials, space and shape. Happily, Alchemy Architects was not content with just looks -- the solar heated home is highly energy efficient and endowed with locally sourced and salvaged materials.

The house in Blair, Wisconsin was originally designed as guest quarters for a rambling farm house. The owners were so enthralled that they turned it into their own home and reserved the old house for visitors. The home connects to the land like the historic barns that are seeded through the landscape thanks to the locally sourced, rough oak clad exterior and simple shape.

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  1. AlchemistBG March 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the feature, Inhabitat. We appreciate you sharing the story and photos!

    -Betsy
    Alchemy

  2. lazyreader March 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Apparently, architects are too stupid to know how to use protractors, levels and rulers. Those are so 20th century.

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