Thomas Randall-Page transforms Devon barn into light-filled artist's studio - architecture and design

Thomas Randall-Page transforms Devon barn into light-filled artist's studio



Architect Thomas Randall-Page has renovated and updated an agricultural barn in Devon, England, to create a studio and archive space for his father, the sculptor Peter Randall-Page.
Peter Randall-Page purchased the barn in 2011 and commissioned his son Thomas's studio to oversee its conversion into a storage space and archive for his work, which includes stone sculptures, drawings and prints inspired by the geometric forms found in nature.
The building, named Art Barn, is located in the countryside on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The project brief called for the barn's appearance to remain largely unchanged and for its new functions to be accommodated within the existing envelope.
Thomas Randall-Page has renovated a barn in Devon "From the outside, I wanted the finished building to appear as a hermetically sealed box," said Peter Randall-Page, "retaining the character of its agricultural origins and blending in with the contemporary vernacular."
"At the same time," he added, "I wanted the interior space to be full of natural light, with large apertures which, when opened, blur the boundary between the interior space and the surrounding landscape."
It is clad in vertical slats of cedar
Art Barn features a simple gabled form covered with vertical cedar cladding that overlaps a galvanised-steel skirt used to protect the wood from rain splashes.
To meet the requirements for ample natural light and views from within the building...
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