A Reclaimed Wood and Corten Steel Barn House

View all 15 Photos

A barn-like retreat designed to look at home among rolling hills and agricultural buildings.

Nestled in a picturesque landscape north of San Francisco in Glen Ellen, Napa wine country, Big Barn is a tranquil retreat that offers the perfect respite from urban living. The clients hired Faulkner Architects to design a family getaway consistent with vernacular architecture and the surrounding rolling hills. The new 3,900 square feet wood and Corten steel dwelling stands on the footprint of a ranch house from the 1950s and draws inspiration from the site’s Tack Barn, a bunk house the studio preciously renovated for the clients. Simple and minimalist, Big Barn follows the typology of agricultural structures. At the same time, it brings a contemporary twist to the barn archetype.

The rectangular volume has two stories and features an asymmetrical gabled roof as well as narrow, full-height fenestration. Towards the southwest, the shorter roof reduces heat gain while to the east glazing welcomes the morning sun inside the house. The architecture firm embedded the volume into the hill with a cantilevered section over the sloping terrain. A bridge links the hill to the upper levels, while the lower section opens to the outdoor spaces. Recessed for shading, the entrance has the same tall and narrow design of the vertical slit elements.

Along with steel sash glazing, the architects added sliding doors that open the kitchen to the terrace. A vertical wood shutter opposite to the entry opens the barn house at both ends, letting the breeze cool the living spaces in a natural way. Apart from reclaimed redwood and Corten steel, the studio also used California oak for the flooring and ceilings. On this project, Faulkner Architects collaborated with Ken Fulk for the interiors and lighting, and Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture. Photographs© Joe Fletcher Photography and Ken Fulk.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Pastrana I House

    An architectural project that explores the essence of a Mediterranean Levantine house. Located among the…

  • Sorrento Beach House

    A family holiday house designed with five pavilions. Built on the southeastern coast of Australia,…

  • Peninsula House

    A contemporary farmhouse that doubles as a gallery space for a large art collection. Nestled…

  • Diagonal House

    A brutalist house nestled in a rocky landscape on a Greek island. Built on a…

  • Emma’s House

    A modern house partly built within the ruins of a stable in the Italian Alps….

  • Threshold Stairs House

    A Corten steel and wood extension designed for an existing house in Spain. Situated in…

  • Redhill Barn

    A farm building from 1810 transformed into a warm house that celebrates its past. Located…

  • The Brook

    A tiny house that’s big on comfort and sustainable design. Designed and built by Australian…

  • Casa del Sapo

    A concrete house built on a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contemporary Mexican architecture merges traditional…

  • Kostelec Residence

    An elongated one-story volume built in the countryside in the Cezch Republic. Located in the…

  • Alexander House

    An architecture firm’s office, this house is also a residential architecture showcase. Designed by architecture…

Around the world

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

  • Heckfield Place

    Refined design and sustainability meet in a high-end biodynamic hotel in Hampshire, England. Baptized by…

  • Baja Club Hotel

    A colonial-style villa from 1910 and a contemporary volume transformed into a refined lifestyle hotel….

  • Piaule Catskill

    A tranquil retreat in upstate New York. After founding their own homeware brand, Piaule, in…

loader