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Cowshed in Lignières, Switzerland by localarchitecture

Constructed in the Jura hills of Switzerland, the timber beams traditionally used in local barns are employed here to create an unusually complex roof form

The cowshed is a humble type that has elicited some surprisingly thoughtful treatments, from Soane’s graceful semi-circular examples to Stephen Taylor’s rustic concrete arch. In this recent example, constructed in the Jura hills of Switzerland, the timber beams traditionally used in local barns are employed to create an unusually complex roof form. Although the resulting volume is strikingly asymmetrical, it lies low against the landscape and is not going to frighten the horses. Beneath the roof is a mezzanine hayloft, and the building’s face is clad with a transparent plastic, treating the 30 resident cows to a view of the valley.

Cowshed in lignières, switzerland by localarchitecture drawings

Cowshed in lignières, switzerland by localarchitecture drawings

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This case study is part of Typology: Building for animals. Read the full article here