Walden Studios / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

© Richard Barnes

This concrete barn in scenic Sonoma County is completely transformed by inserting a new building inside its heavy walls. The new structure uses frameless glass walls to create light-filled interior spaces, while large cuts in the existing walls frame views of the surrounding vineyards.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: 275 State Highway 128, , , USA
Project Team: Mark Jensen (principal), Frank Merritt, Patricia Pollock (project architects), Elmer Lin, Dean Orr, Chia-Yu Yen, Nana Kim, Rouel de la Paz, Sherman Warren
Contractor: Oliver & Company
Structural Engineer: Tipping-Mar + Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Guttman & Blaevoet
Electrical Engineer: Silverman & Light
Civil Engineer: Atterbury & Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: Bauer Associates
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Surveyor: Crabtree Land Surveying
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Richard Barnes, Marion Brenner, and Jack Journey

© Jeremy Jachym

The mixed-use building accommodates work/live units, arts-related offices and other leased spaces. A new plinth, raised above the floodplain of the Russian River, grounds the building and provides panoramic views over the landscape. Outdoor gardens on the arms of this plinth extend like piers into a sea of vineyards.

© Richard Barnes
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