Adaptive Reuse: From Derelict Pig Barn to Modern House

(All images courtesy of FNP Architeckten, reproduced with permission)

Would you live here? This 18th century pig barn in Germany may not be much to look at from the outside, but don’t be fooled. Inside, it houses a beautiful modern dwelling thanks to an implanted wooden frame. The owner originally wanted to convert the barn into a showroom, but the building incurred so much damage during World War Two that an upgrade was near impossible. Design firm FNP Architekten came up with the solution of placing a “house within a house” and the property found its new lease of life in this inspired example of adaptive reuse.

The historic building is protected from collapse by the structure of its wooden insert, which lines-up precisely with the original windows on the outside. While it doesn’t touch the original facade, it provides valuable support to the roof and outer walls.

A fantastic statement about the ways in which buildings can be adapted and reused, this historic barn will hopefully spark architects around the world to look at old buildings in a different way.

Keep reading – look inside these creatively converted chapels and churches, and check out this house adapted from a tomb in Cairo’s City of the Dead.



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