The advent of agriculture heralded the development of an architecture devoted to the activities of farming; structures to safely store animals, tools, and crops were needed for seasonal cultivation to be successful. These constructions are what became know as barns, and for thousands of years, their typology has stayed essentially the same.
Redevelopment of a Barn in Soglio, Ruinelli Associati Architetti, Soglio, Switzerland
In America, barns were brought over by many European settlers, including English, Dutch, and German, but the architecture of each group varied only slightly. In the early days of agriculture, the factor with the largest influence over barn style and structure was actually the surrounding geography and climate.
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Villa Nannestad by Askim/Lantto Arkitekter AS, Oslo, Norway
Wow, what a great collection of re-purposed structures. My favorites have to be the first and last ones!