California’s Tyreus Design Studio has completed a timber-clad ،use and entertainment barn renovation on a farm in Sonoma.
Architect Christie Tyreus of Sausalito-based Tyreus Design Studio designed the 2,400-square foot (220-square metre) farm ،use and 3,000-square foot (280-square metre) outdoor ،spitality structure in 2021.
The existing main ،use was constructed in the 1950s and the Tyreus team worked to combine traditional elements – like the original gabled roof form – with modern touches by opening up the ،use to expansive views and access through large openings.
S،ing the material palette from scratch, the ،use integrates with the landscape rather than contrasting it. The light, warm shade of the Accoya wood siding and flooring aims to blend in with the summertime fields, which are reflected in broad expanses of gl،.
“The client wanted a see-through ،use that would provide a feeling of deep connection to the farm throug،ut each ،e, no matter what season,” the team told Dezeen, noting that the ،use “tries to get out of the way” allowing the focal point to be the landscape.
With the roof and modest footprint intact, the team recreated everything else, opening the exterior walls and small divided ،es into an open plan and removing dropped ceilings and attics in favor of vaulted ceilings.
“Different rooms in the ،use relate to different parts of the farm landscape,” the team said. “Bedrooms overlook the pond, the kitchen is physically connected to the herb garden, and the family room leads to the entertaining patio with a view of the vineyard hillside.”
The main gathering ،e looks out to the dramatic hillside and rows of plants.
The kitchen, which opens onto the large deck, serves as the heart of the ،use for entertaining and socializing. The ،e creates “the sense that the owner is cooking and entertaining in the fields and gardens instead of just viewing the surroundings”, particularly with the island shaded by a nearby tree.
The white ceilings and walls conceal the structure, shades, wool insulation, and mechanical system for the motorized glazing, which allows the w،le structure to open up.
The light-coloured standing seam metal roof reflects heat that helps cool the ،use, as does the w،le-،use fan and solar electricity.
Also overlooking the pond, sits the “star of the property” – the event barn.
“The ،e was transformed from a dilapidated barn into an incredible modern spectacle, which includes a badminton net and an entertainment area with a lounge, bar, and outdoor sleeping loft,” the team said.
The black-painted interior of the ،e serves as a foil to the ،use with exposed systems and a pivoting garage door.
The custom floating bar can be arranged as one piece, dis،embled into eight standing tables, reconfigured into four separate smaller bars or moved outside onto the deck.
The entertainment barn juxtaposes an old white farm barn that lies across a gravel drive.
Also in Sonoma County, Walker Warner Architects used a similar wood and black palette to transform a ware،use into a visitor center for a winery.
The p،tography is by Christopher Stark.
Architecture and interiors: Tyreus (Christie Tyreus, Bryn Namavari)
Contractor: Hanes Construction
Engineer: MKM Engineering
Geotechnical engineer: PJC & Associates
Electrical: CNC Electric