The team of Workshop architecten operates from Amsterdam, Netherlands in order to create unique, customized projects in the field of architecture. The studio was founded in 2016 by three promising grauduates of The Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam — Ard Hoksbergen, Milad Pallesh and Ivar van der Zwan.
Barn Rijswijk stands on an estate of 4.5 hectares in the environment of a century old fruit trees, in Rijswijk, Netherlands. Workshop architecten was commissioned by its owner to replace an old neglected sixties barn with a new, contemporary and simple form.
The architects did their best to fit the new building into the landscape and the historical buildings of the estate. The new structure assures shelter for the sheep and storage, but also accommodates cosy apartment. „The main structure consists of four timber slabs that divide the barn into three zones: a barn area, a semi-transparent intermediate zone and an apartment. Openings in the slabs offer a view from the apartment in the yard and the old orchard. The semi-transparent intermediate zone connects the south-west side with the north-east side of the farmyard. The facade consists of black-stained Douglas, which contrasts with the raw wood on the inside,” explain the architects.
Workshop architecten managed to reconcile a good design with pragmatism. Focusing on a surrounding architecture typology, they designed a modern barn with a respect to the former order. This wise attitude to architecture deserves notice.