Studio Farris Architects transformed a small barn, part of a farm complex with several buildings, into an office space with meeting room, library, office desks and a resting/reading area.

The owner wanted to have a small offce detached from his house so he would be able to work from home at times. The stable was no more in use so he decided to use it as his home-office.


Old brick stable transformed into an home-office. © Studio Farris Architects / Koen Van Damme

The original stable, dating back to the early 1900s, was composed of several small rooms on two floors. With their renovation, the architects wanted to transform this fragmented space by enhancing the perception of the total form of the building. So they completely emptied it by demolishing the rooms and the first floor. Within this outer brick envelope, they created an inner one made out of concrete. A new “box” with a serene atmosphere was designed and inserted into the original volume. Also, this box-in-box system allows to improve energy efficiency and avoid any chemical reactions with sulphates in the ground and walls of the original farm.


Wood object is simultaneously bookshelf, storage, office (at the top) and a divider between areas. © Studio Farris Architects / Koen Van Damme

In order to respond to the functional requirements from the client, the architects decided to design an autonomous furniture object that could divide the space without blocking views nor altering the perception of the whole volume.

This object, made out of layers of stacked timber beams, transforms the space into a very functional office. The wooden beams top out to a small shared work area with two desks. A meeting area is created below with a view onto the landscape. The stacked beams become library, bookshelves, storage and resting and reading corners.


Staircases lead to the work area with two desks at the top. © Studio Farris Architects / Koen Van Damme

The beams were stacked in this particular way to create a staircase to climb to the upper workspace, and can easily reach the different bars on each level.


Desk detail; new openings on the background wall allow natural lighting. © Studio Farris Architects / Koen Van Damme

The stacked wood mezzanine can be removed, thus making the building free and flexible to contain other objects and interiors.

The original facade was restored and new openings were created, responding to programmatic needs. Extra windows and skylight take full advantage of natural daylight. A large sliding glass door opens up the interior to the outside. canada goose deutschland

Studio Farris Architects

Studio Farris Architects

Antwerp-based architectural practice founded by Italian architect Giuseppe Farris in 2008. The studio’s goal is to discover the intrinsic potential in every project, questioning the obvious, exploring the surroundings and cultural heritage.

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