Storage Barns

These three graceful storage barns house the hardworking equipment necessary to maintain a large rural property — while complying with zoning ordinances that restrict the total area of utility structures to 2,000 square feet. The barns are linked visually through common architectural forms and clustered in a courtyard arrangement to evoke rural American farm complexes. A gable-roofed barn houses tractors and trucks and a finished storage attic; a smaller barn holds tractor attachments, mowers, snowmobiles, and other equipment; and a third functions as a car garage and workshop. From a distance, the barns form a small sculptural group, perfectly placed in a meadow.

Project Location: Rural, Minnesota

Project Type: New ConstructionOutbuilding

Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, Partner

Photography: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze

Landscape Architect: Close Landscape Architecture

Of Note

Albertsson Hansen measured each piece of equipment to ensure that the barns were completely functional within the restricted area permitted. Composting toilet avoids necessity of additional drain field. Maintenance-free and recyclable metal roofing.


  • Gardenista | July 2015
  • Architectural Record | July 2006
  • Architecture Minnesota | April 2006
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune | February 2006
  • AIA Minnesota Honor Award | January 2006