Gallery: BEAUTIFUL BUILDING REUSE: The Barn House in Belgium


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.

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.

+ Buro2

Via Wallpaper


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  1. Ze Rou February 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    any construction system or techniques information provided?coz im need this info to deal with my journal(assignments)..hopefully u can help me =]

  2. Daniel Fierro January 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    If that is what every farmer were to do with their barns, then there would be no room for the animals or stocking hay!?

  3. Sheryl July 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you for posting an article on adaptive reuse, the ultimate choice in building recycling. There are many more successful case studies out there like this one but we remain too distracted by campaigns for new construction (LEED, “starchitects,” etc.) and in the meantime wasting all the embodied energy of what we’ve already built. Over 140 million tons of waste from demolished homes goes into U.S. landfills each year. The sooner the connection between preservation and sustainability is made, the quicker we can get underway with real “green” progress.

  4. theokobox July 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    that is really inspiring – there is so much land for sale here in the smokey mountains with old barns on the propety but no house. Now they look like houses to me… i had always thought this could be done, i love seeing it a reality!

  5. nico July 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    It’s a beautiful house! If anybody wants to see plans and other pictures, you can follow this link

  6. leafpure July 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    This is what every farmer should be doing with their barns.
    Love the simplicity of architecture.

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