The Most Beautiful Storage Barn

The Most Beautiful Storage Barn

Gregory Han
Jul 15, 2009

From afar, this storage barn which houses a selection of lumber, stones and other building materials looks like a modernist home. But upon closer inspection, the mosaic of colour and texture reveals itself to be a "workshop and storage facility for a builder whose property lay within a watershed conservancy area". The building is even completely geothermal and solar powered, designed by Gray Organschi Architecture to be self-sustaining and even providing excess energy production to return back to the grid. Although we don't have a huge plot of land to even fathom having something like this, we're inspired by the organization of the structure...a place for everything. If only our walk-in closet looked this organized...

From Archinect's ShowCase: Storage Barn:

The exterior expression of the barn, a rough and changing mosaic of wood and stone, contrasts with the barn's bright, smooth internal surfaces. Behind the steel pallet racks, a double-layered sheath of extruded polycarbonate panels, whose translucency admits daylight to the building interior wherever pallet racks are left unfilled, forms the enclosure of the building.

The building is entirely heated and cooled geo-thermally and its ground-source heat pumps and electric work lights are powered by a rooftop array of translucent photovoltaic panels that also serve as skylights to further supplement natural interior illumination. By extending the translucent roof canopy, we created an evenly day-lit work space and weather-protected storage for stockpiles of loose sand and loam, while expanding the area and capacity of the photovoltaic array. The building currently produces more electrical energy than it consumes, functioning as a small private generating plant that allows its owner to sell the surplus electricity back to the regional utility company.

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