The National Endowment for the Arts just awarded the Artisan Barn in Washington state an "Our Town" grant as a sign of how important antique barns are to America's cultural and historic record. The funds from this generous grant will allow Hutchison & Maul architecture to establish a masterplan for the historic Dahmen barn - an arts and performance venue run by a non-profit organization in the bucolic Palouse landscape. The plan features a new classroom, which will be built with materials salvaged from an existing loafing shed.
The existing facility boasts an artist studio, performance center, gallery and gift shop, but the grant will allow it to expand. In addition to the new classroom which will be made from salvaged metal and wood siding taken from a loafing shed dismantled on-site, the designers hope to incorporate a new amphitheater and outdoor public art space that will transform Artisan Barn into the destination for outdoor art in the region.
The barn’s design takes inspiration from the surrounding vernacular while the fencing pays tribute to the region’s iconic wheel fence (comprised of repurposed metal wagon wheels). We’re particular fond of barn renovations that create a meaningful bridge between and contemporary society.
Via Arch Daily