Building a brick house – a modern new building from an old barn in Poland

The architects on this project wanted to build a brick house using an old barn as a base. It is a second life for the sustainable building material. The outskirts of this design follows a combination of lush forests, arable fields with farm buildings, and fast-growing single-family homes. For this reason, the team built the designed house at a place where these three zones meet.

Build a functional and modern brick house

brick house build exterior facade with lawn in foreground

Old, historical barns are still characteristic elements of the surrounding landscape. These are simple brick buildings with balanced proportions and precise details that have aged very well. Today these barns are often abandoned and half destroyed. However, despite their years, they are still very different from the new buildings. During the design process the idea came up not only to be inspired by a dominant surrounding architecture, but also to use it directly.

buy and remodel sustainable architecture from an old barn

The main plan was for residents to buy and dismantle an old abandoned barn. They found them in the nearby village. In addition, the architects wanted to build a new brick house on this property using the old building material. This concept then developed into a key idea that changed the approach in an area of ​​architecture and sustainability significantly.

Minimalist design in the middle of nature

natural surroundings with green areas and forest around the new brick building

The close proximity of the forest is the great advantage of the narrow plot of land on which the house is located. When entering the house, you are already fascinated by a beautiful view of the surrounding greenery. The ground floor also forms a common room with a kitchen, dining room and living room. All rooms have large, long window fronts with a view of the forest and the terrace the same length as the window.

kitchen island with marble worktop and wooden module

This impression is reinforced by the high rooms of the kitchen and the living room of 5 meters. The designers added a module to this high, open space on the first floor. It contains a bathroom, closets and bedroom with a wonderful view of the forest. This floating unit creates a suspension above the ground floor. In addition, the terrace is protected from rain and provided with enough shade.

garage in the middle of the renovated brick house

Placing the garage in the middle of the house may seem unusual. However, this connects them directly to the entrance hall, the washroom, the boiler room and the storage room. There is also a children’s room and an additional attic above the garage. The architects also created a new, air-permeable facade as a brick wall using the old barn. The historical material gives the place a unique atmosphere.

construction of bricks brick house building facade

The facade consists of four types of connections between the bricks with different shapes and transparency. These details of the outer facade thus also highlight the individual zones of the house. Open brick walls allow a clear view and connect with the environment. This arrangement of the facade was a major challenge for bricklayers working on the construction site. Therefore, they had to transfer their technology to the old building trade.

front brick house build and renovate floor plan

The simple shape of the house does not compete with the sculptural facade. This rather forms a background that at the same time emphasizes its beauty. Recycled brick material from an abandoned building gave the new building a second life and created additional architectural values ​​for the newly built house.

* Architects website

View of nature from the living room with a rustic style dining table

minimalist interior with staircase and sliding glass doors

built-in fireplace under wooden banisters in the interior

cozy ambience in the living room with a green couch and wooden shelves

inner courtyard view inwards modern design open living space

compact children's room with folding sofa and shelf with square shapes

contrasting colors such as black and white in combination with wood in the hallway

first floor house with garage middle placement