Architect’s Design Process : Modern Barn Studio

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In this video I walk you through the techniques used to generate the floor plan for a modern barn studio and currently on the boards at 30X40 Design Workshop. The project was to design an outbuilding, a folly, that is deferential to the existing structures on the property. A simple, but flexible space is required, adapting to a variety of needs from guest quarters, to play space, to gathering, and study. A scaled down barn seemed the perfect starting point, and the schemes developed show how we take the traditional notions of the barn typology and morph them into more contemporary readings.

I discuss the four plan options and two variants that were developed, describing how I arrived at each of the solutions. The video ends with a look at the SketchUp model I’ve created alongside the plans to begin studying the three-dimensional ramifications of the plan decisions. I use this to refine the design with my client as we move forward.

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Prophet86 says:

I enjoyed watching your video and I am not an architect, but in my opinion you haven't considered one of the most important aspects of a barn: its height. Why not developing idea with two levels (an upper floor) and double ceiling sections?
I also think that your best concept was the third one (with glazing on both sides). It would conceive more the idea of spaciousness that you were chasing.

Camilo Andres Hernandez Aguirre says:

Hi, Iwant to know, what program do you use for modeling??

James Caution says:

Love the wooden marker stand 🙂
Did you buy it or make it yourself?


Вадим Косарев says:

thanks for sharing

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