Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Architecture Wednesday: Wood Warmth

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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mistress maddie said...

Well ,if you have to be born and live in a barn this is it! A little to drafty looking for me, but being in Spain, I'd have all that red wine to warm my coggles.

the dogs' mother said...

nice that he was able preserve all that old architecture.

Blobby said...

warmth? the place looks cold to me - on every level.

itsmyhusbandandme said...

My Dad used to ask me if I was born in a barn too (as I grew up in Bromley this is highly unlikely). Do you think we were separated at birth Bob?

Bob Slatten said...

@ itsmyhusbandandme
I think it means we are all more alike then we realize.