Portuguese architects Sofia Parente and André Delgado recently turned a converted barn into a cozy stone-walled home. When it comes to aging buildings, many architects would rather build a new structure than try and refurbish an old one. However, this architectural team managed to transform a decrepit barn into a cozy rural retreat.
Parente and Delgado were tasked with refurbishing an aging barn located in the Portuguese countryside. In order to save the original building, the architects had to insert a new structure in behind the existing stone walls. A wooden box was then added to the middle of the barn to create a partition between the different spaces on the ground floor. The wooden box also allowed the architects to insert a bedroom into a mezzanine floor built overhead. While the converted barn is highly condensed, the architects manged to keep the space open and airy.