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251 Birds

251 Birds: Winter Regulars in Williston

With a bonus naked barn.




Maarten Baas’ design studio outside Eindhoven is a pleasantly respectful conversion of a livestock barn.  It retains the basic elements that are often lost in barn adaptations- massing (that jerkinhead roof!), materials (brick and tile!), and–most critically–openings.  Most of the bad barn reuses that we encounter struggle to bring in light for the needs of humans without puncturing the walls and roof in insensitive ways.

via www.dezeen.com

Here they’ve kept the stable windows and entrances and maintained the hay door, which seems fundamental and simple but is frequently botched.  More creatively, though, they’ve solved the problem of lighting the hayloft by introducing a ribbon of skylights that spans nearly the length of the roof.  This simple choice has the dual effect of stressing the horizontality of the barn and maintaining a flat roof plane, impressions that are lost when dormers are used.  Most barn conversions are jarring because the existing form is defined by broad, flat surfaces.  When accommodations for new uses are made, the new elements can’t be hidden amongst a jumble of existing details.  A flush string of lights is an elegant design solution.  I’m not sure about the long-term maintenance though…

The whole article is short and worth a read.  Check out the grandfather/grandmother clocks!


Photography Preservation/Architecture

Jewett Farm Interiors

On Saturday I had the opportunity to serve as an ‘interpreter’ of the Jewett Barn in Weybridge during the Henry Sheldon Museum Historic Barn Tour.  I’d never been in the barn before, so when I arrived a I took some time to wander around a bit.  Fortunately the barn was interesting enough to create a compelling narrative of its place in Vermont agricultural history, and I think the tours went quite well.  We had 50 visitors come through despite being the most remote of the locations on the tour, and I’m happy that we were able to raise money for the museum and do some educating in the process.

We were busy enough that I didn’t have too many opportunities to focus on photographing the place, but I did get some composition exercise by shooting the interior.

Here’s the 1940/1960 ground-level stable addition, which made for a good vanishing point subject:


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