Barn Raising: 6 Transformations From Agrarian to Residential

The image of the bucolic family farm is perhaps best identified by its requisite barn structure. The history of barns is meaningfully connected to the narrative of human development, as much of the world was at one point reliant on subsistence farming. Typologies range from country to country with a tapestry of materials and forms, yet the use is always the same. In some rural regions of the United States, the tradition of “barn raising” brings entire communities together in a moment of unity and pride. However, as people increasingly flock to cities and away from rural regions around the world, farms and ranches look less like a storybook and more like an Upton Sinclair novel. Farming is now a sprawling industry characterized by an architecture that is built for efficiency and scale. Though traditional barns are slowly disappearing from agrarian landscapes around the world, architects are finding new uses for their flexible layouts and sturdy constructions. This collection looks at the various renovations, expansions and conversions of historic barns for new residential uses. Flemish Barn by Arend Groenewegen Architect BNA, Breda, Netherlands This barn was built in ...
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