de leon & primer: mason lane farm
nov 18, 2010
de leon & primer: mason lane farm

‘mason lane farm operations facility’ by de leon & primmer in goshen, indiana
all images courtesy de leon & primmer architecture workshop

‘mason lane farm operations facility’ by american practice de leon
& primmer architecture workshop

is an entry into this year’s world
architecture festival
for the production, energy and recycling
located in goshen, indiana, the project is a new complex for
farm equipment, servicing, re-fueling and
storage on a 2,000-acre
property utilized for agriculture, recreation, wildlife habitat and
conservation purposes.
two separate barn structures consolidate the
various programmatic elements while heavy consideration
was put into
the circulation and access requirements of the large-scale farm
equipment. the building focuses
on recycling and using locally sourced

both structures are thoughtfully placed on the plot to frame the outdoor work courtyard.
the arrangement cuts down on the need for outdoor lighting requirements to an internalized
site zone. the existing slope and terrain of the site is used to collect the stormwater for non-potable
use while a system of drivable, shallow concrete channels aligned below each roof eave collects
additional rain water. in this manner, the project enables the site and buildings to work together
to provide an efficient facility space. 

mainly drawing from the simplicity of local farm structures and
building traditions, the designs
of the barns are decidedly ‘low-tech’,
favoring conventional construction methods and ordinary
materials over
specialized systems. bamboo is the primary building material for a
large covered
shed (barn B), which is used to provide seasonal storage
for grain and hay, as well as equipment.
harvested from a site 35 miles
away from the project site, the bamboo stalks are put together in
lattice grid fashion, providing a permeable skin that allows the stacks
of hay to dry through
natural ventilation. three layers of bamboo are
assembled together through galvanized re-bar wire ties.

bamboo latticework

seasonal hay storage

equipment storage

the second barn (barn A), a fully enclosed storage and work area, eliminates the use of finish materials
by employing a prefabricated wood truss frame clad with simple corrugated metal panels;
conventionally hidden elements such as building substrates, fastening screws, and alignment lines
are left exposed. full-height operable windows facilitate cross ventilation while interior temperature
is maintained through an insulated concrete floor slab with embedded warming coils. the external
wood-fired boiler is fueled by wood debris from the farm. 

garage opening

full length operable windows

(left) insulated concrete slab floor
(right) exposed wood frame detail in window

structural elements are left exposed as a reinterpreted form of ‘finishing materials’

site plan

plan and section of the bamboo shed

circulation plan

systems plan

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