Built in 1882 in the middle of a field, this barn was used for housing during the pasture season. In 1980, the addition of a floor and roof transformation modified its appearance and its allocation significantly; the building then became a holiday home.
This new intervention reveals the history of the building by showing all of the materials used on the façade over the years. The original stones, the bricks added in the 1880’s, and the contemporary concrete modifications are disclosed; a dark paint makes all of these raw textures uniform. Far from the smooth appearance of some holiday chalets, the facade treatment reminds one of the functional aspect of the ancient barn, more rudimentary than aesthetic.
The living room opens to the surrounding fields and forest. Four boxes covered with dark wood emphasize the corners of the spaces, separated with large windows from floor to ceiling which can be open wide, extending the spaces to the outside.
The grey shades of the inner materials reinforce the framings and contrast with the landscape. A wood stove, along with solar cells guarantee sufficient heating.