sigurd larsen adds barn house to historical property in new york state
sigurd larsen adds barn house to historical property in new york state sigurd larsen adds barn house to historical property in new york state
aug 07, 2016

sigurd larsen adds barn house to historical property in new york state


danish architect sigurd larsen’s ‘barn house’ adds a dash of modernity to a sprawling meadow property in new york state. in lieu of a masterplan, each building on the plot has been constructed in a gradual fashion, connected to the others by a shared individualism rather than rigid architectural language.

sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
north west façade and corner
images © sigurd larsen




the ‘barn house’ extends from the main structure and keeps with the saddle-roof vernacular. it is fashioned in timber featuring a charred, silver-tinted cedar façade that stands in stark contrast to a bright interior of birch. a large, open sleeping area composes most of the dwelling’s upper section, accompanied by a bathroom and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that signals connection to the original cottage.


video courtesy of sigurd larsen




in the lower section, accessible outdoors only, is a work space with secondary bath and utility room. like its counter-part above, larsen took extreme care in the orienting each window. serving as a vivid composition as well as window, all frame specific views of the landscape, sky, and/or surrounding barns. the ‘barn house’, designed by architect sigurd larsen, is located in new york, USA.

sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
years apart, but standing side by side

the cedar façade is charred to seal from weather, and also creates an interesting surface texture

sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
light birch construction inside contrasts with the dark timber exterior

forest and sky frames

sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
looking south

entrance via original structure

sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
framed views from interior



sigurd larsen barn house new york USA
existing and possible structures on the wooded property



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • Domestic architecture in upstate New York is quite unsung, as are its beautiful rolling mountains and lush river valleys. The architect honors the vernacular of this region and his house brings together the property’s other structures in an interesting dialogue. Rather like a Shaker community…

    John says:

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