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Aesthetics of the Secondary: Scandinavian Interpretations of the “Converted Barn”

Poster
Authors Sigrun Thorgrimsdottir
Iida Kalakoski
Published in 10th Architectural Research Symposium at Aalto University Department of Architecture. 26-27 October 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Conservation
Language en
Keywords Material reuse, relocation, reconstruction, reinterpretation, conversion, authenticity, regionalism
Subject categories Architectural conservation and restoration, Ethnology, Architecture

Abstract

The poster presents a work in progress. The study aims at understanding the aesthetics and ethics of architectural transformation and adaptive reuse through Scandinavian examples of “barn conversions”. This study is an examination of a rather unique branch of architectural field: the adaptive reuse of former secondary buildings, uthus, as residential buildings in contemporary Scandinavia. As marginal as it might seem, the “barn conversion” is a globally significant home decoration and refurbishment trend, which also has impacts on contemporary housing architecture. The focus is on the various mediations and transformations of tradition and continuity, of heritage and contemporary architecture. Furthermore, we seek to understand the aesthetics and ethics of the reuse and account for different kinds of handling ‘pastness’ and history. The methodological approach is experimental. This is an ethnological exploration combined with architectural analysis. By using qualitative methods, we conduct site and building analysis and deep, semi-structured interviews with both, the architects and the owners of the selected reuse projects.

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