reBarn is a dialogue between the history of its primary material, reused barn wood, and contemporary tools. It is a balance of natural materials and innovative details. The assembly creates a framework for interaction by park users, becoming a bench, a platform for a picnic, and a playground for children.
Medium: Reclaimed Barnwood, Aluminum
Location: Muncie, IN
Client: City of Muncie
Size: 38’ x 17’ x 5’
reBarn began as a dialogue between digital and analog processes, natural and man-made materials, and traditional and innovative details. The assembly tectonic was informed by the traditional cross bracing that occurs behind the skin of a barn. This technique was employed using a locking dovetail system, creating a framework to begin developing the form. Subtle details were employed to express the age of the wood. The expansion and contraction of the exterior wood creates gaps in the siding, resulting in a uniquely filtered quality of light on the interior of the barn. The filleted space between each board references this natural aging.
Its regionalism is expressed by the inherent textures and character. Some boards retain the initials of the barn’s previous owners; other boards show places of wear from animals. These features tie the wood directly to its origins. The contrast between aged materials and the patterned aluminum panels strengthens the effect of each creating a richer whole.