Alpine Barn Apartment Tomaz Gregoric

View all 24 Photos

As human civilization continues to expand at a rapid pace, repurposing the obsolete is more essential than ever before. The rural countryside of Bohinj, Slovenia is an endless landscape of dilapidated farmhouses and poorly-maintained barns, landmarks of tradition that are tragically being replaced with generic housing. But the Alpine Barn Apartment by OFIS Architects embraces these decrepit structures in homage to the Slovenian rural lifestyle and vernacular architecture. The barn’s original exterior remains intact with the exception of perforated windows and an opening for the front porch, while the interior wooden shell has been revitalized as a modern loft apartment with deep-brushed local spruce. However, the home’s rustic origins were not lost in the modern adaptation of the interior space. Raw wooden floors and walls pair well with minimal furniture of the same hue, towered over by the original rafters that span the high-ceilings. The ramp that was once used to bridge the gap between the wooden deck and the cattle area above is now used as a main entrance while the adjacent external storage area has been converted into a porch that overlooks the scenic Alps. A living area, dining area, and raised bedroom are all placed within the main volume with bathrooms, sauna, kitchen, fireplace, and a wardrobe along the “service box” created by vertical planks on the side wall. Above the terrace sits a dreamy guest room which has a gallery opening onto the main space. OFIS Architects went above and beyond in their attempt to resurrect Slovenian tradition; Alpine is a monument to minimalism, showcasing the inherent beauty of bare essentials in both material and form.

Photography Tomaz Gregoric courtesy of OFIS Architects

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(149426)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • The Fox Restaurant

    A building from the 17th-century transformed into an elegant restaurant. Located in a picturesque village…

  • The Alegria Residential Building

    Two abandoned single-family houses converted into contemporary apartments. Located on Rua da Alegria in Porto,…

  • Barwon Heads House

    Perched in the low rolling hills beyond the historic village of Barwon Heads on Australia’s…

  • The Ruins Studio

    An architectural work of art. To design this spectacular house in Scotland, Lily Jencks Studio…

  • Campo Lindo House

    An abandoned building from the 19th-century becomes a bright family home. Located in Porto, Portugal,…

  • The Miner Road Residence

    A gorgeous house designed with sustainability and closeness to nature in mind. Designed by the…

  • GN House

    A contemporary design that puts a focus on material contrasts and natural light. Built in…

Take me there

  • The Albergo Miramonti Hotel

    A redesigned hotel interior inspired by nature and the local setting. Built in 1958 and…

  • Shou Sugi Ban House

    The ultimate wellness retreat near NYC. Located in the Hamptons, only 90 miles away from…

  • The Soori Bali Resort

    A tranquil resort in Bali with private beach. Built on the south-western coast of Bali,…