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Czech studio OOOOX focuses on residential interior design. When it came time to create their own home, the two principals started with an old wooden barn. Working over a period of two years, they remade it into a one-of-a-kind dwelling incorporating their love of Scandinavian design, a mix of textures, and industrial elements. We don’t know the exact size of the barn, but based on the size of the windows and furnishings, we estimate it to be about 26′ (7.9 m) long by 21′ (6.4 m) wide.
The architects added a new insulated shell with board-and-batten siding over the original timber frame. Glass doors and a large window were installed behind the sliding barn doors. A loft-level window is semi-concealed by vertical wood slats, helping to maintain the original barn appearance from most angles.
The interior is partially divided by a rough brick wall that separates the kitchen and bathroom from the combined living and dining room. A black steel staircase leads to the loft level, used as an open bedroom space. The oversized stair landing provides a reading nook slightly separated from the main living room.
The barn had a hay loft at each end connected by a narrow side gallery. One loft is used for sleeping while the other looks to be a combination of closet, hobby space and occasional guest room. As there was just enough room to accommodate a bed but not enough to walk around the end, the architects added a steel bridge to provide a second path between the two lofts.
OOOOX mixed a number of industrial objects into their design. For the bathroom, they repurposed a steel-framed factory window as a unique shower wall. (If you do this, replace the original glass with laminated safety glass.) Stainless steel netting provides fall protection at the loft level. Industrial light fixtures were used throughout, along with code-compliant but old-fashioned looking surface-mounted wiring with porcelain switches and outlets. The architects also designed a custom dining table and clothes rods made from water pipe, easy do-it-yourself projects if you want to replicate the look.
Enjoy the photo tour!
Photographs by Martin Zeman / DAtelier.cz, courtesy of OOOOX.
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