studio] [space nestles black barn office into the dutch landscape
black-stained wooden facades enclose office in the netherlands
Surrounded by the wild nature of the dutch town Goirle, the Black Barn designed by studio] [space architecten is an inspiring hidden workplace for landscape architects. Located in Abcovenseweg, the Netherlands, the office project aims for a modest but high-quality construction that draws all attention to the surrounding landscape. The structure presents a closed character on the street side while opening up its volume toward the adjacent river. Enthusiastic about integrating nature into their design, the team lets flora and fauna take over merging the construction with the greenery and providing numerous nest boxes on the facade.
Designed as an abstract barn volume with black-stained wooden facades and a zinc roof, in a larger context, the structure stands on a historic ribbon development. The volume resembles the shape of a barn, including a recessed building line, an integration that befits the site, while the front presents itself as a modest, closed volume. The exposed glazed facade puts up a system of vertical wooden slats that form a translucent effect at dusk, assembling an extra layering and showing a glimpse of studio life to the outside
solid facade of black wood opens up a view of the inside through the planks | all images by Koen van Damme
black barn hosts a workspace for landscape architects
The interior layout of the barn is understated and open, yet presents one prominent element of a large closet cutting through the entire studio from top to bottom dividing the space. All the functions form around the bookcase construction that, also, incorporates temporary installations and architectural drawings and equipment. The case frames the kitchen area shaping a modestly finished worktop and providing space for books, samples, and models. Familiar with the needs of an architectural office, studio] [space collaborates with the clients at landscape design firm Studio REDD, meeting the goal of an inspiring workspace integrated into the natural environment. Eventually, both reside in the black barn hosting both practices respectfully, proceeding to work on new projects at the interface of architecture, interior, and landscape.
view from the garden, nest boxes for birds and bats are integrated into the wooden facade
huge planters and an out of doors hearth adorn the concrete terrace
overlooking the river, the black barn illuminates warm lighting from within
the black barn office environment merges with the surrounding wild greenery