Architect Visit: Barn-Like Living (Only Better) by

Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 18, 2013

Architect Visit: Barn-Like Living (Only Better)

Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 18, 2013

Do you dream, like I do, of living in a barn? The big caveat, of course, is that you need to have a barn to convert. Typically that involves either owning property that happens to have a few spare barns or transporting a barn from some place else. Prague-based Studio Pha offers a third option in the village of Klokočná, in the Czech Republic: building a new open structure that's economical, conducive to the openness of modern living, and, yes, inspired by the shape and feel of old barns.

Photography by Filip Šlapal via ArchDaily.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white barn house, wood deck | Remodelista

Above: Studio Pha designed two barn-like structures for this family compound. The white one is the house and the gray, the garage and utility space.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white room, wood beams| Remodelista

Above: Typical barn construction is evident in the exposed bolts on the beams.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white room, wood beams | Remodelista

Above: Black ceramic tiles are durable and easy to maintain in the entry hall.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, open living room, red lamp shade | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen, dining, and living areas are in one open space.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white kitchen, wood beams | Remodelista  

Above: The beams run into the ceiling soffit, which has been built over the kitchen to hide the ductwork from the extractor fan.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white kitchen cabinets | Remodelista

Above: The ceiling soffit extends to the exterior porch.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white stairwell, wood stairs | Remodelista

Above: A thin skylight runs the length of the slope of the roof and provides natural light for the stairwell.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white room, wood floor | Remodelista

Above: A fluorescent tube echoes the light from the skylight. 

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white room, wood floor | Remodelista

Above: Rays of light formed by two thin skylights that run down the slope of the roof accentuate the shape of the barn.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white tiled bathroom | Remodelista

Above: The architects created a simple and balanced composition from basic bathroom components.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white barn, gray barn | Remodelista

Above: The barn-like utility building and garage stands next to the house.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, barn interior | Remodelista

Above: The interior of the utility barn is finished with fiberboard panels. 

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, barn interior, logs of wood | Remodelista

Above: The utility barn provides valuable storage space.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, glass connector | Remodelista

Above: A small glass connector attaches the living barn to the utility barn.

Family House, Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, white barn, gray barn | Remodelista  

Above: The two barn-like structures are differentiated by their exterior materials: painted plaster for the house and standing-seam metal for the utility building. 

Family House Klokočná, Prague, Studio pha, barn section | Remodelista  

Above: A section of the house illustrates its barn origins.

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