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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ALPINE BARN APARTMENT in Bohinj, Slovenia by OFIS ARCHITECTS

 
October 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OFIS ARCHITECTS 

Traditional landmarks creating a Slovenian countryside also include different types of farmhouses, hayracks and barns. Unfortunately many of these no longer serve its purpose, therefore are mostly in poor condition, non-maintained and often simply destroyed and replaced with generic housing. Only by embracing the traditions that have been passed on to by their ancestors ensure that the Slovene vernacular architecture* survives not just as national symbol, but also an integral part of the Slovenian rural lifestyle.

*a category of architecture based on local needs, construction materials and reflecting local traditions

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

  • Architects: OFIS ARCHITECTS 
  • Project: ALPINE BARN APARTMENT
  • Location: Bohinj, Slovenia
  • Photography: Tomaz Gregoric
  • Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Michele Albonetti, Maria Della Mea,  Tomaž Cirkvencic, Pawel Nikkiel, Gözde Okyay, Roberta Costa, Maria Rosaria Ritonnaro, Ralea Toma Ioan Catalin,  Grega Valencic, Vlad Popa, Tanja Veselic, Jade Manbodh
  • Program: Tourist apartment
  • Client: Private
  • Mechanical engineering: MM-term
  • General contractor: Permiz
  • Area: 140 m2
  • Status: Project 2014, Construction start 2014, Completion 2015

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Old Barn Revitalization

The concept converts old barn into a loft apartment by leaving the original exterior appearance intact in contrast with creating a new internal wooden shell.

Originally, ground floor served as stable for stock and upper level for drying and storing hay and farm equipment.

The existing ramp, which leads to the wooden deck above cattle area – is kept and serves as the main entrance to the new gallery apartment. The former external storage area next to the entrance is converted into the porch overlooking the Alps. All external wooden cladding and concrete roof slates are maintained, the only intervention are perforations into wooden parts behind internal windows and opening of the front porch.

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Along the main volume between each existing wooden structure line are positioned living area, dining and raised bedroom. The auxiliary spaces like wardrobe, bathrooms, sauna, fireplace and kitchen are packed inside the service box displaced on the side behind the wall created by vertical planks. Guest bedroom is created above the terrace, opened as a gallery towards the main living space.

All internal shell (floors, walls, furniture) is made by deep-brushed local spruce.

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

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