Gallery: Green Renovation Adds a Modern Touch To Historic Austrian Barn

The existing barn remains mostly as-is, and the new addition helps provide a larger protected courtyard below.

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.

+ Propeller Z Architektur

Via Designboom

Photo credits: Courtesy of Propeller Z by ©Hertha Hernaus


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  1. mybarnconversion January 11, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I love that external wall lined with cut logs – a traditional solution to both seasoning logs and aiding the insulation of a building.

    The interiors are a little too sterile for this type of building…

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