When I was a kid and would come into the house, leaving the door wide open, my mother would nearly always ask if I was born in a barn. I used to think, “What are you asking me for? Weren’t you there?” Now I think that if I was born in a barn it looked like this.
This home, located in a small village in La Cerdanya, Spain — technically several barns, a warehouse, a small house and a hay storage building — was purchased by a man who wished to turn it all into his home and a few guest pavilions.
The buildings all stayed the same on the exteriors, though the roofs were repaired and there were some changes to windows along the façade. A badiu—an old haystack—is now a large covered space, renovated to keep the old trusses.
Inside the house several rooms and guests living areas area still retain the century’s old stone wall, along with iron elements and wood flooring. The idea is to create large spaces, in a rural environment, where the surroundings privileged views become part of the interior.
It is meant to be rustic and luxurious and I think it accomplishes both.
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