Architect in ChargeTimo Karasalo
Structural EngineeringHenrik Moegelin, Stockholm
Text description provided by the architects. The idea of ”modern barn” came up quite early in the sketching phase. A building typology that naturally connected to the village's current scale and grammar. The materials and the details however was designed to give clear signals that this was built in our time. In this way a new "growth ring" could be added to the village's long history of utility buildings.
The outstretched and narrow volume was ideal for the project's spatial and functional program. And the traditional barn pitched roof shape gave good possibilities to create significant internal qualities.
Client's requests for maintenance-free facades together with the advantages of fast installation of the building's exterior walls led to the choice of precast concrete elements. The exact dimensions of elements was dictated by the maximum allowed transport dimensions. The gables that were cast in one piece thus had a maximum height of 4,2m. And the height of the long facades was due to doorway hight by 2.1m with overlying concrete beam.
Product Description.The UBAB precast concrete elements was one of the starting points for this project. Mainly for two reasons: the fast installation of the building exterior walls and maintenance-free facades in the future.
By designing the outside surface (as explained below) the facades even connected in a modern way to the traditional barn facades in the area.