2014  |  Funny Girl Farm Produce Barn  |  Chapel Hill, NC

Designed as an open work shed for produce handling, this 4,300-square-foot barn reflects its agrarian function in its economy of form and materials. The barn shelters a large open work space and equipment storage area, flanked by a linear bar of enclosed utility spaces. A limited palette of wood and steel articulates the barn’s clearly defined plan. These materials were chosen for durability, to withstand the elements and heavy use. The enclosing screen walls and sloping roof are designed to be responsive to site and climate; to provide shelter from sun and water while also harnessing wind to provide ventilation. The shed’s simple structure plainly represents its utilitarian function; its refined materials palette and architectural detailing elevate the design.

AIA National Small Projects Award, 2017
AIA South Atlantic Region Merit Award, 2016
AIA NC Honor Award, 2015
AIA Triangle Merit Award, 2014
AIA Triangle Gail Lindsey Sustainability Award, 2014

Photography by Jim Sink Photography

True to its agrarian function, this open work shed for produce handling investigates texture and form through an economy of means. Within the limits of a clearly defined plan and limited palette of materials, each building element is beautifully articulated to provide an elegant resolution through subtle rhythms, shifts and expansions. The clarity and economy in form and detailing elevates this simple, utilitarian structure to architecture of a high order.

- 2016 AIA South Atlantic Region Jury