The Art Barn – A Gorgeous Aspen House And A Gallery For Contemporary Art

The Art Barn is a very special project which was completed by studio Rowland+Broughton Architecture in 2018. It’s a beautiful and modern house but also a place where contemporary art is displayed and where various events take place occasionally.

The structure is situated at the edge of the mountainside in Aspen, United States. The site has a steep slope which in this case means the house gets to enjoy some really amazing views. The front facade overlooks a meadow while the rear one frames gorgeous views of the Aspen. The exterior of the building is very simple and mysterious, with a gable roof, few openings at the front but large windows at the back. This way it brings the outdoors in and takes advantage of all the beauty surrounding it but also maintains a nice level of privacy.

The minimalist wood siding and gable roof give the Art Barn a modest and mysterious appearanceView in gallery
The minimalist wood siding and gable roof give the Art Barn a modest and mysterious appearance
One of the focal points of this unusual house is the tea room which is designed in a traditional Japanese styleView in gallery
One of the focal points of this unusual house is the tea room which is designed in a traditional Japanese style

The interior is also very simple. It makes use of a soothing palette of natural materials, namely wood and stone. The colors are also well balanced, ranging between classic neutrals such as white, black and gray to warm and earthy colors as well as a few more vibrant accent shades. The living room is a flexible space. The furniture in here can be very easily removed or rearranged for various events or large dinner parties. Another gorgeous area is a space designed to look very much like an authentic Japanese tea room. It’s furnished with a big live edge table and a set of pebble-shaped poufs and it has access to a beautifully-landscaped garden. The other notable spaces inside the Art Barn include two gallery spaces where various art pieces and installations can be displayed.

The living room is a large open space which can be easily and quickly reconfigured for various types of eventsView in gallery
The living room is a large open space which can be easily and quickly reconfigured for various types of events
The sitting area feels intimate and cozy all while being a part of a big open spaceView in gallery
The sitting area feels intimate and cozy all while being a part of a big open space
The kitchen is not exceptionally big but it maintains a very airy and chic lookView in gallery
The kitchen is not exceptionally big but it maintains a very airy and chic look
Natural wood and marble combined with soothing ambient lighting create a very zen ambiance in the bathroomView in gallery
Natural wood and marble combined with soothing ambient lighting create a very zen ambiance in the bathroom
The interior as a whole is simple, soothing and refined and it takes advantage of the natural beauty of the materials involvedView in gallery
The interior as a whole is simple, soothing and refined and it takes advantage of the natural beauty of the materials involved
The tea room has sliding pocket doors, stone floor tiles and a very simple decorView in gallery
The tea room has sliding pocket doors, stone floor tiles and a very simple decor
The bedroom features a large picture window which frames a gorgeous view of the mountainView in gallery
The bedroom features a large picture window which frames a gorgeous view of the mountain
The en-suite is decorated with neutral colors and materials and the focal point here in a tall and narrow windowView in gallery
The en-suite is decorated with neutral colors and materials and the focal point here in a tall and narrow window