Dutch Barn with Peaceful Undulating Roof Made of Local Reeds

by , 11/05/10
filed under: Architecture

Dubbed Reet Barn (we are guessing “reet” is the Dutch word for “reed”) the structure is located in Alkmaar, a part of the Netherlands known for its cheese market. 24H Architecture designed the barn with a square base and a wooden roof “that is tilled towards the prevailing south-western wind blowing over the open polders.” The large overhangs protect the barn from wind and rain and create covered areas for both work and rest.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the coolest things about the Reet Barn is that the reeds used to cover the roof were cut at a local lake just 5kms away from the build site. As for the inspiration behind the roof’s shape, 24H says “Its waving pattern reflects the wind, like it makes waves in the water.” And it’s not just the roof that is sustainable – the rest of the structure is all FSC certified birch wood.

+ 24H Architecture

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  1. metis November 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    it’s nice to see old techniques featured. thatching is a bit more upfront cost due to labor and a bit more in terms of insurance as fire damage is worse if it lights, but you get great insulation with your roofing material. i do wonder if this is a cosmetic or insulating roof instead of a functional thatch, as it usually requires acres worth of reeds, and the edges look a bit thin compared to any thatch i’ve worked on or seen.

    i do love the sculpted edges of the layers, although it reminds me that i can’t afford decorative cedar or slate shingles.

  2. Green Jump November 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Cool stuff,
    Reed in dutch is Riet.
    Reet in dutch is Ass and I don’t mean the animal.
    Reed is fairly common here in the netherlands (old farms and new upperclass houses)


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