A house for five free spirits

Location: near Bled, Slovenia
Client: private
Status: on the drawing board
Type: old barn transformation
Contractor: Ekoart
Photography: Matej Gašperič

How to give an old barn beauty a new life?

A house for five free spirits

Wandering through Slovenian countryside, I am always amazed how harmoniously traditional hayracks and barns blend into the landscape. Perfectly positioned in space, nicely proportioned volumes and simple but beautiful materials and details that age gracefully, are the living testimony of the wisdom and skills of our ancestors. Regretfully, many of those beauties are no longer in use and are ruthlessly torn down.
Therefore I have been thrilled, that a young open-minded family decided to abandon their plans to build a new house, but instead rather opted for a transformation of an old barn into the contemporary living space. The only thing that made me even more enthusiastic was the fact that, based on the recommendation of a contractor, the clients trusted me with a commission to design their new family home.
Therefore there is no wonder I passionately immersed into the project. In a close cooperation with the clients and with the aid of numerous invaluable construction advices of the contractor, we were able to design a modest, but spacious and bright living quarters. Fully compliant with contemporary living requirements and the latest energy standards, we manage to preserve the traditional look & feel in the outside. The picturesque old construction has been fully integrated into the floor plan in order to add its traditional riches to the interior.
Being able to achieve all that on a given budget, much lower that it would be needed to build a new house from the scratch, I hope that, when completed, the final product would encourage other owners to reconsider bringing their beautiful barns down, but rather give ‘em a chance for a new life instead.

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