Funny Girl Farm Produce Barn

Architect: Szostak Design Inc.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Category: Under 5,000 sq ft (category three)

This shed’s simple structure plainly represents its utilitarian function; its refined materials palette and architectural detailing elevate the design.

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Designed as an open-work shed for produce handling, this 4,300-sq-ft barn reflects its agrarian function in its economy of form and materials. The barn shelters a large open workspace and equipment storage area, flanked by a linear bar of enclosed utility spaces. A limited palette of wood and steel articulates the barn’s clearly defined plan. These materials were chosen for durability, to withstand the elements and heavy use.

The enclosing screen walls and sloping roof are designed to be responsive to site and climate, and to provide shelter from sun and water while also harnessing wind to provide ventilation. The shed’s simple structure plainly represents its utilitarian function; its refined materials palette and architectural detailing elevate the design.

Additional information

Structural engineer: FDR Engineers  

Jury

Jean Dufresne, AIA (Chair), Space Architects + Planners, Chicago

Richard Fernau, FAIA, Fernau + Hartman Architects, Berkeley, California

Joyce Hwang, AIA, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, New York

Jack Travis, FAIA, Jack Travis FAIA Architect, Bronx, New York

Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY Los Angeles, Culver City, California

Image credits

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Jim Sink Photography

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Jim Sink Photography

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Jim Sink Photography

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Jim Sink Photography

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Michael Mills