LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland
LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland
jan 29, 2013

LOCALARCHITECTURE: hangar agricole, switzerland


true to their namesake, lausanne-based LOCALARCHITECTURE has continued to practice an architecture in service of the vernacular. acting as an extension of the main farmhouse, this large-scale countryside shed relies on the aesthetics of self-built architectural typologies to create volumes of space. the building is sited primarily to avoid excavations and embankments, but additionally weaves into the topography of the surrounding orchard. ‘cerisier’, as the property is called, is a vast agricultural domain surrounded by the jura mountains and overseen by the famous chasseral pass, lending the idyllic northeastern swiss landscape to frame the architecture.

localarchitectureall images © matthieu gafsou / courtesy of LOCALARCHITECTURE



the simple frame speaks to the unique concept in farm life that shared work begets shared gain. the structure elaborates on this idea by asserting that shared space, in this context, is productive space. a combination of locally harvested logs and CNC milled fir were fashioned into pairs of large-spans ribs that allowed for both architectural precision and the changing needs of the farmer. the ‘hangar’ is formally defined by both its edges and materials, two ideas that serve to emphasize the context of the bucolic swiss landscape as well as a variable program that demanded space for a tractor, agricultural machinery, repair shop, timber storage and a doghouse. the simplicity of the form belies the complexity of the design problem; the existing rustic building had an opportunity to integrate itself more readily into the the landscape, but the pragmatism of the program called for an architecture that spoke of materials and sensitivity to agricultural history. the result is a form made rich by its gesture — a sloping profile that visually clings to the cornice of the existing farmhouse and gently lowers the orchard and the surrounding field.

localarchitecturethe shed is an extension of the lines and space of the farmhouse

localarchitecturecnc milled fir and locally harvested wood combine to create a materially interesting exterior


localarchitecturethe shed is a open, sloping, space with simple lines

localarchitecturea warm glow emits from the main storage area

localarchitecturetwo large ribs dictated the overall form of the building

localarchitectureview of the jura mountains from the interior

localarchitecturea combination of light framing and timber construction techniques can be seen from the interior



localarchitecturethe structure was assembled directly on site



localarchitecturetimber provided the form for the rest of the ribs

localarchitecturethe design process was a collaboration between the farmer-as-client and the architects




construction sketches




framework (northside)




framework (southside)



floor plan



localarchitectureshort section




long section




north elevation




south elevation




detail of connection and wall section

image © matthieu gafsou




  • Great… simple and with good dimensions! Nice work! 🙂

    tiago says:
  • so often these days you see an old barn and it has gotten so out of plumb that it appears it will tumble down at any moment – here we have a brand new structure that appears the same

    dbkii says:
  • Tear down the house – I could live in the shed. Nice.


    JimCan says:
  • beautifully designed and constructed shed++

    mpathesii says:
  • relation of shed to house is everything here. Either stand alone ..but they extend each other here… rarely achieved!

    be nice to see house in detail…..then we can decide whether to knock it down.

    christina read says:

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