The Rustic Refinement Of Renovated Barns

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La Concha by MOOARC, Guernsey

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.

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Redevelopment of a Barn in SoglioRuinelli 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

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Get Sun! Everything You Need To Know About Passive Solar Design

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Bridge House by Max Pritchard Architect

Imagine freedom from paying your bills. Not all of them, of course. Just a few—namely gas, oil, and electric.

Building a house using passive solar design principles can allow the home to go off the grid for all or many heating and cooling needs. And, with today’s technologies and innovations, without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.

Modern architects have harnessed the power of the sun since the 1930s. But it was rare: Builders struggled to integrate the beauty of architecture with the utilitarian aspect of engineering. It wasn’t until the oil and energy crisis of the ’70s forced architects to think of creative design solutions that solar passive techniques finally gained traction.

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Cliff House by Altius Architecture, Inc

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Vashon Island Cabin by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects