Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Silo Homes and Workspaces


(Above) This office, an adaptive reuse of an old grain silo, was built in 1997 and is located in Park City, UT. It’s only 750 sq. feet, and utilizes a second level.

(Above) Love the Flintstones style, two-tiered rock seat.

(Above) An interior view of the Park City, UT office space.


(Above and below) The Gruene Homestead Inn in New Braunfels, TX includes this converted silo. Gruene Homestead Inn is a collection of historic houses in the community of New Braunfels, featuring rooms and suites dating from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s. Owners Ed and Billie Miles retired from public school administration in San Antonio in the early 1990’s and fell in love with New Braunfels and the Gruene Historical District. Inspired by the history of the area and the idea to develop a Bed and Breakfast, they began to locate historic homes in the New Braunfels and Gruene area and move them to their 8-acre “homestead.” With help from brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews, vintage buildings have been renovated to reflect the ambiance of their era and to provide modern-day comforts to guests. There are currently 7 buildings with 21 guest units on the 8 acres located less than a mile from the Gruene Historical District.

(Above) Another view of the converted silo house.

(Above) An early photo of the silo being set on the concrete slab base.

(Above) Interior view showing stairway to second level.

(Above) TV room and living area.


(Above and below) The Monte-Silo House, developed by Gigaplex Architects, is in Woodland, Utah and is 1,800 sq. feet. Warm in winter and cool in the summer, this silo conversion is from two grain silos pushed together and joined. The home’s southern exposure maximizes natural daylight and solar heat gain during the cold winter months.

(Above) Kitchen

(Above) These sleep “pods” for the kids look comfy, especially knowing that each is equipped with stereo sound and a flat screen TV.

THIS PAST WEEKEND I SPOTTED A CONVERTED SILO ON THE INTERNET AND DECIDED TO SEARCH FOR MORE. I found quite a few. It seems to me that there are so many of these silos just sitting around that more of them could be used in this way. Adapting something that already exists and reusing it has always been at the top of sustainable design. I could definitely live in one of these.


Jess Jelly said...

I've always dreamed of living in a windmill, but these silos look like fun...and they're without the impractical narrowing of space as you ascend. Thanks for sharing :)

Maureen said...

Very cool, I could so live there.

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