when not in use) and new stained wood rafters
that were added in conjunction with the steel
structure to shore up the metal roof.
In that incandescent setting, and thanks to
the opposing reflective walls, even an intimate
gathering looks like a sizable, colorful party, and
diners can enjoy ricocheted views of gardens
and vineyards in every direction.
The gym, clad in two-way mirrors (
transparent from the darkened side), is as reflective
as its twin pavilion, yet allows users inside it
to look out at views during the day; at night
it becomes a kind of see-through lantern
when lighted inside.
The barn, faithful to its original design, with
gaps between the siding that once allowed light
and air in for livestock and drying hay, now has
a new board-formed concrete foundation, to
elevate it above the surrounding vines. Light
streams in through the structure’s wooden
slats, forming expressionistic patterns on the
new dark-stained polished floors, and when
the barn doors are rolled back, the gleaming
smoked mirrors reflect the view.
In an effortlessly sculptural way, this reimag-ined barn engages the historic, ecological and
formal character of its surroundings while
poetically integrating patterns, light and views.
“Given the constraints an architect needs to
contend with, it’s challenging to be artful with
buildings,” Duff says, but this one “is as close to
art as any building I’ve ever done.” n