Something about summer makes us think about lofty living spaces and barn doors that swing open wide to dissolve the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.
Above: Perhaps the ultimate barn compound, created by Adelaide de Menil and her husband, Ed Carpenter, in East Hampton from 14 historic structures (some dating to the 17th century) moved to the property over the years. When the couple sold the complex in 2007, they donated eight of the houses to the town of East Hampton to be used as a town hall; architect Robert A. M. Stern is presiding.
Above: A converted former dairy barn in Suffolk, from London-based architects Woollacott and Gilmartin.
Above: A modern barn residence in the UK.
Above: UK architect John Pawson transformed a complex of agricultural barns into a residential complex in Essex, England.
Above: A modern residence carved out of an ancient building; via Emmas Designblogg.
Above: A modern renovation of a dairy barn, complete with silo, by Specht Harpman Architects.
Above: A contemporary conversion of a 200-year-old grain barn in Canterbury, England.
Above: A project by architect Preston Scott Cohen, spotted in Dwell.
Above: Leroy Street Studio's modern take on the barn (a 2008 AIA award winner).
Above: A 250-year-old converted barn in Provence, from Living Etc.
Above: A renovation of a 150-year-old structure in the Netherlands by Faro Architecten.