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Architect Visit: Barn-Like Living (Only Better)

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Architect Visit: Barn-Like Living (Only Better)

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 KlokocÌŒná, 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 Å lapal via ArchDaily.
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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.

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

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

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

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

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Above: The ceiling soffit extends to the exterior porch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Above: The utility barn provides valuable storage space.

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

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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. 

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

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