Ancram Barn

North Facade
Valley view from Porch.
Dusk view of Porch.
South Facade
East Facade and porch.
Floor Plan
East door from porch.
Interior
View of north porch opening.
View through porch openings
View of barn from house.
Site Plan

Primary Author

  • Worrell Yeung Architecture

Contributing Author

  • Maxwell Worrell (Principal)

Photographers

  • Magda Biernat

Objectives

The commission was to build an accessory multifunction barn to an existing residence. It houses and supports gardening, vehicular storage, and sheltered outdoor living. The building’s overall form is clean and simple, and its volume is a single, unobtrusive gabled roof structure that nestles into the hillside with retaining walls that create a drive court between the barn and the house. As a result, the new structure stands harmoniously with the forms of the existing house and structures on the property, while being unique at the same time.

Context

We recently completed this new 1,500 square foot storage barn in Ancram, New York. Located in a 30 acre property with a traditional existing house and other structures, this modern barn adopts an unmistakably contemporary design approach, while incorporating key elements of agrarian vernacular of the Hudson Valley region.

Performance

The barn accommodates storage for two cars along with a dedicated garden/potting area and a flexible, covered outdoor room. This space offers a dramatic vantage point onto the property and frames the Berkshires mountains beyond. Inside, the prefabricated wood scissor truss structure and wood framing is left exposed. Material selections throughout were made to be durable and require little maintenance given the climate zone. The roof is black metal and the exterior is clad in vertical black-stained hemlock wood siding while the interior is clad in the same hemlock wood but left natural.

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North Facade