Second Chance

architects Mork Ulnes Architects
project Meier Road House, Sebastopol, California, USA


A painter and a collector needed both, an art studio and a barn, to house a multitude of curiosities and memorabilia. Program-wise, this was an exciting starting point. The project started as a renovation of an existing working barn, but turned into a new building after the existing structure was deemed unsalvageable.


The project brief was straightforward; provide large flexible spaces that could be used to store farm equipment, collectables, and an art studio. Using the barn typology had an instant appeal. The main challenge became to create an ideal art studio within the barn vernacular. Inverting the traditional gable barn roof solved this by gaining the needed height, and provided the studio with the indirect northern light conditions.