Building reuse is often overshadowed by the long green shadow of new high performance architecture. But the intrinsic nature of repurposing and bringing second life to an otherwise discarded structure is a sustainable idea we can’t ignore, especially when it’s done as gracefully as this old barn redux in Belgium. Architect Rita Huys of Buro2 skillfully transformed this agricultural icon into a beautiful, modern dwelling known simply as The Barn House.Danica Kus
The Barn House beams with clean, updated lines that emphasize the structure’s surrounding natural setting. The indigenous building principles of the barn – to both protect from and connect to weather and nature – are brought into a new light with daylight filled living spaces that boast inspiring views. Openings at either end of The Barn House frame the bucolic landscape, while operable sections of the shuttered facade swing open to let daylight and natural breezes into the home.
With it’s fantastic fusion of old and modern ideas, The Barn House stands out among sustainable reuse building projects.