Greg Borah, Contractor
2015 AIA VT Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture – Small Project
Vermont Integrated Architecture, PC
Our client is a prestigious sports writer who lives and works from a home office on an historic Vermont farm. The architectural challenge was to convert an out-of-use cow barn and milking parlor into a year-round writing studio while minimizing the aesthetic effect on the original, small, pristine farmstead. The space incorporates two levels: the main floor and a loft. The main level is an introspective, contemplative, and quiet space for research and study. A crank mechanism fashioned out of a salvaged dairy barn stanchion and farm equipment gears lets our client move the loft back and forth the length of the building to capture optimal sunlight and views – a constant connection to the natural environment.
“The process of repurposing an old building was thoroughly collaborative and more rewarding than I ever thought it could be. And VIA was every bit as enthusiastic as I was to tackle this project, and it showed every step of the way. I was impressed by–and found really rewarding–the up-front discussions in which Ashar sounded me out about how I worked, what my hopes for the finished product were, etc. That indicated to me a holistic way of approaching the project. And it set a great collaborative tone from the outset.”
– Private Client