Need some tissues for that drool? Chilean architectural firm Estudio Valdés Arquitectos recycled old barn materials to create a stunning summer refuge. Located in Lago Ranco, the Barn House was almost completely built with recycled and repurposed materials, resulting in an exemplary adaptive reuse project worth bragging about.
The 2,067-square-foot summer home located in Chile’s Los Ríos region is rustic, but sophisticated in all of its repurposed glory – from the exposed wooden beams to floor-to-ceiling-windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding forest.
The open elongated floor plan with optimal natural lighting provides a lot of space for common areas. The combination living and dining rooms make for great gathering spaces as does the covered terrace at the front of the home. The bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and service areas are all located in the back corner of the home to make the most use out of the expansive area at the front of the home.
Focusing on providing a spacious common area was an important feature of the design from the beginning. According to the architects, “The common area is completely transparent, formed by the sequence of ribs of trusses and pillars at sight and closed with thermo panel glass. The bedrooms and service area make up an opaque volume, sheltered under the roof of the shed, all coated with recycled wood.”
Photography by Felipe Díaz Contardo