This is a conversion of an existing turn-of-the-century wood barn into an approximately 4,500 square-foot residence. I was the Architect, Developer and General Contractor for this project. I kept about 1/3 of the old barn unchanged, maintaining the rough-hewn posts, beams and struts. The remaining volume was converted into a four-story house composed about the existing three-dimensional geometry of the old barn structure. The approach side of the building still looks like
a working barn while the opposite end, as shown in the photo, is mostly glass about the post and beam structure. The formal entry is through a normal-sized door cut into the huge barn-side door
and one is not aware of anything unusual until entering the building. There is a great sense of surprise and wonder at the confluence of the old and new. The choreography of the original barn's structure links the two eras and functions.
Clarke County, Virginia
Completed Autumn 1985