Farm Logic has exerted a continual pressure on barn design for centuries, leading to creative and subtle evolutionary changes driven by pragmatic necessity and the desire to achieve a maximum effect through minimum means. While rarely inventing new technology, barn design embraces current technology, runs it through an ascetic filter and pares it down to its minimum condition. The new sheep barn continues this lineage, utilizing minimum material and energy to provide column free space, performative enclosure and functional apertures for daylight and ventilation. This pragmatic mandate resonates with the current call for sustainability, without the hype.
Ralph Nelson is founding principal of Loom Studio and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Don Vu is a partner at Loom Studio.