Located in Castillejo De Mesleón, Spain, the Industrial Barn House is a stunning example of how a barn home can work in virtually any location. Madrid-based Alberich Rodríguez Architects designed the home. The firm consists of three generations of architects with decades of experience. The barn is part of an ongoing project that started in 2021.
The Industrial Barn House
Simplicity is what makes this barn home so unique. Its sliding exterior doors and glass features bridge the gap between the outdoors and indoors. With 1,873 square feet of living space, this barn home has plenty of room to roam.
The Industrial Barn is part of a larger project that includes a main home and rail wagon guest room.
The home’s geometric form is indicative of traditional barn styles, but the architects put a contemporary spin on the design. Towering windows provide an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Wood ceilings and floors help the space feel warm and welcoming while creating a rustic vibe that complements the home’s style.
The Industrial Barn has two floors:
The ground floor features a large entrance hall, bathroom, dining/kitchen area and storage space. From here, you can access covered outdoor areas with a raised terrace that surrounds three of the home’s facades.
The second floor features two bedrooms and a large bathroom. A large terrace allows you to enjoy the outdoors.
Sliding partitions create a greater connection between the home’s bathrooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces while providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Protecting Against Extreme Weather
The Industrial Barn is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama region, which is known for its aggressive weather. To address this problem, steps were taken to protect gaps in the North, East and West. Shutters were installed and made from the same material used for the home’s outer envelope: mini-wave sheet metal.
The sliding shutters allow the owners to enjoy the views and outdoors whenever the weather permits.
A curtain wall on the Southside of the building allows the owners to view the changing seasons.
Metal and Concrete for Beauty and Durability
This barn home lives up to its industrial name. Concrete slabs and metal columns provide structural stability. The slabs and brick enclosure are protected by an envelope of rock wool and mini aluminum sheet metal.
The outdoor terrace is constructed with a synthetic wood that sits on a metal structure and wraps around the home. There’s plenty of space for the family to relax and entertain together.
Who Are Alberich Rodríguez Architects?
The Alberich Rodríguez Architects team consists of Raimundo Alberich Cid, Emilio Rodríguez Jiménez and Carlos Alberich Lanzos. Raimundo and Emilio began their professional careers in 1972 and 1992 respectively. They have collaborated on projects ever since. In 2015, Carlos joined the team to form Alberich Rodríguez Architects.
While the firm focuses primarily on architecture and engineering, they have also been involved in urban planning. Many of their projects have been in the social housing sector, with 8,000 of these homes in their portfolio. The firm is committed to working on projects that are socially responsible.
The firm works with private buyers, but they also obtain work through awards in public architecture competitions. Their work has been recognized in several publications, including Detail, Neutra, Architects, Architecture, Bauwelt, A + T, Techniques & Architectura, On Diseño and more.
The firm has also received awards and recognition from the Madrid College of Architects, the Camuñas Foundation, the Ministry of Development, the Community of Madrid and more.
The Industrial Barn House is yet another example of the firm’s ability to create contemporary designs that are also socially responsible.