Historic barns and farm buildings have a special charm that can never be duplicated. Its a shame to tear them down, but they leave something lacking in the modern world, like good insulation, lighting, and so on. Propeller Z Architects gave a 200-year old barnhouse in Fahndorf, Austria a green renovation that retained its charm while creating a space where its residents could comfortably live. Spotted over at Designboom, the 'Flag' project's use of local and recycled materials make it even lighter on the earth.
The original barnhouse was a u-shaped structure with space for livestock on one side and living quarters on the other, separated by a courtyard and a walkway. One of the arms of the structure was buried into the hillside, leaving only the peaked roof showing from the back meadow. This left the home disjointed from the surrounding land — to update it, Vienna-based Propeller Z designed a modern glass living area adjacent to the barnhouse.
Built on a budget of €70,000, ‘Flag’ adds a new dimension to the existing barnhouse, providing the home with a new space outfitted with modern conveniences. A set of outdoor stairs leads from the barn courtyard up to the new addition, which is constructed from steel, glass, concrete, and locally-sourced wood. The new addition is insulated with recycled newspaper, and the North facade is skinned with a stacked wood in a nod towards stacked firewood used for heating, plus it adds another layer of insulation and protection.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Propeller Z by ©Hertha Hernaus