After an electrical fire in 2001 burned their historic gambrel barn down to the frame, a Manhattan couple enlisted Specht Harpman Architects, the firm behind one of New York city's coolest "micro-lofts," to rebuild the space into a modern weekend getaway. Aside from recreating the dairy barn and partially restoring of the silo, the firm completely redesigned the interior of the barn into a loft-like living space.
On the ground level, which has floors of polished concrete, Specht Harpman situated the public spaces: the living and dining area, the kitchen, the powder room, the breakfast room, the study, and the maid's suite. On the upper level, the master bedroom, the library, and another study are suspended in boxy volumes of exposed maple.
· Modern Barn [Archinect]
· Charnin Residence [Architectural Record]