A Modern Barn-Inspired House With Remnants of An Old 70’s Structure

Slonsko Chalpa (which translates as Silesian House) is a very special project recently completed by architecture and design studio mode:lina. At first glimpse it may not look that different from other barn-like homes but the story behind it is unusual to say the least. A large portion of this project consisted of reconstructing an old building from the State Collective Farm that existed back in the 70’s in this region of Poland.

The exterior of the house is clad in wood with black contrasting outlines around the openingsView in gallery
The exterior of the house is clad in wood with black contrasting outlines around the openings

The goal was to transform this old barn falling into ruin into a beautiful and modern single-family home. The owners and the architects agreed that the history of this place should be preserved and immortalized and an exact cross-section of the old building was incorporated into the living area in the form of a mezzanine space.

Inside there's a large double-height living area which is one of the newly constructed sectionsView in gallery
Inside there’s a large double-height living area which is one of the newly constructed sections
The windows are numerous and irregular which adds a certain dynamic to the design of the houseView in gallery
The windows are numerous and irregular which adds a certain dynamic to the design of the house

The complete house is thus a combination between old, preserved sections of the old building and a few newly constructed parts and these contrast with one another and bring out the beauty in the different materials and styles used throughout the house. The roof has been raised in order to accommodate additional living spaces on the first floor and the wood-clad facade is populated with large openings which bring lots of sunlight inside. For the interior, the designers chose a palette of materials which includes wood, dark polished granite, raw concrete and bricks in order to highlight the contrast between the old and the new surfaces but also to create a welcoming and harmonious ambiance.

Raw concrete surfaces, exposed steel and bricks highlight the old sections of the buildingView in gallery
Raw concrete surfaces, exposed steel and bricks highlight the old sections of the building
Preserving and rebuilding sections of the old building proved relatively easy thanks to the modular grid of columnsView in gallery
Preserving and rebuilding sections of the old building proved relatively easy thanks to the modular grid of columns
Here you can see on the right side a preserved cross-section of the original building, now beautifully incorporated into the new designView in gallery
Here you can see on the right side a preserved cross-section of the original building, now beautifully incorporated into the new design
The roof of the building had to be raised in order to accommodate the first floor areasView in gallery
The roof of the building had to be raised in order to accommodate the first floor areas
The raw concrete, exposed bricks and steel are complemented by lots of warm wood and polished finishesView in gallery
The raw concrete, exposed bricks and steel are complemented by lots of warm wood and polished finishes
Although the contrast between the old and the new sections of the house is very strong, everything fits together harmoniouslyView in gallery
Although the contrast between the old and the new sections of the house is very strong, everything fits together harmoniously
The preserved brick surfaces go really well with the wood accents and add warmth and texture to the designView in gallery
The preserved brick surfaces go really well with the wood accents and add warmth and texture to the design
The double-height living area is framed by lots of irregular windows which bring in sunlight and beautiful viewsView in gallery
The double-height living area is framed by lots of irregular windows which bring in sunlight and beautiful views
Although this has grown into a complex project, the house still has a simple and barn-like shapeView in gallery
Although this has grown into a complex project, the house still has a simple and barn-like shape
The newly built sections are visibly more polished and refined which is especially true for areas like this one View in gallery
The newly built sections are visibly more polished and refined which is especially true for areas like this one
The black and white combination and the marble give this bathroom a timeless and very beautiful lookView in gallery
The black and white combination and the marble give this bathroom a timeless and very beautiful look
The extended barn is now a modern family home with a rich story behind itView in gallery
The extended barn is now a modern family home with a rich story behind it