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
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.