Red Barn, USA

Red Barn, USA

Abstracted and Minimal

Form and surface meld to express the Red Barn’s inspiration. The simple gable form with its vibrant red exterior recall the typology of a traditional barn. Only upon closer inspection do the glazed ends, entry portal, hangar door, and contemporary cladding denote another reality for the building. The Red Barn’s meaning lies somewhere between the past it references and the present it occupies.

Find the whole story including an exclusive interview with the architect Roger Ferris in the Swisspearl Architecture #27. Subscribe to our magazine to get the printed issue or download the PDF from the download area on our website.
 

©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA
©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA

Westport’s Roger Ferris & Partners has designed a contemporary update of the English barn with the aptly named Red Barn, an art studio and residence on a large waterfront property along the town’s so-called Gold Coast. The exterior is covered entirely in red Swisspearl panels that are visibly solid on the long east and west sides but slatted in front of fullheight glass walls on the short gable ends facing north and south. The red exterior conceals an artist studio and workshop on the ground floor and upstairs a residence with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living and dining areas.
 

©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA
©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA

An off-axis portal lined in Swisspearl pierces the building, further linking the small structure to the English barn typology and providing access to the interior. An overhead hangar door fits seamlessly into the west façade, providing large-scale access to the studio and opening it to the adjacent yard. The interior of the building is finished simply, with white painted walls and ceilings and wood floors, but – no surprise, given the moniker – the Red Barn is all about the exterior.
 

©Pavel Bendov, NewYork, USA
©Pavel Bendov, NewYork, USA

The gabled form was reached early in the design process, as was the intent to clad it entirely in one material. Swisspearl’s through colored Largo Carat panels were selected because of the range of available colors and the product’s applicability to vertical, horizontal, and sloped surfaces. Swisspearl covers approximately 9,150 square feet (850 square meters) of exterior wall, roof, and ceiling.
 

©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA

The architects chose red Coral 7031 to reinforce the barn imagery, clipping the panels to the steel-and-concrete structure to eliminate visible fasteners and emphasize what Ferris calls the “graphic efficiency” of the building. This efficiency extends to the panels themselves, whose size and spacing unite elevation and plan.
 

©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA
©Paúl Rivera, NewYork, USA

The Red Barn draws attention to the state’s agricultural past, one it shares with other New England states. Cognizant of history yet rooted in modern materials and construction, the Abstracted, minimal Red Barn serves as a symbol of something lost—something people don’t want to forget.
 

NICE TO KNOW

Object
Red Barn

 

Location
Westport, Connecticut, USA

 

Architects
Roger Ferris & Partners, Westport, Connecticut, USA

 

Photos
Exterior: Paúl Rivera, New York, USA
Interior: Pavel Bendov, New York, USA

 

Building period
2014 – 2016

 

Façade material
Swisspearl Largo Carat Coral 7031 R

PDF project sheet
Click here to download the project sheet

 

Read more – Swisspearl Architecture magazine
Find the whole story including an exclusive interview with the architect Roger Ferris in the Swisspearl Architecture #27. Subscribe to our magazine to get the printed issue or download the PDF from the download area on our website.

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