Story by Alban Bassuet
Silhouetted against the Beartooth Mountains, the rusted exterior of the Olivier Barn comes into view as a pleasant surprise, like the ocher moss that covers the rocks in the region. Its monochromatic exterior composes with the uniform tone of the landscape like the notes of a musical chord.
Building components are situated on the land away from each other in order to free the main performance building so it appears as a simple barn silhouette in the distance. The utilities, located in an underground concrete structure, disappear in the landscape, and the residences are set privately along the creek.
Lisa Delplace and her team at Oehme van Sweden, the project landscape architect, fine-tuned the gradual discovery of the building against the mountain backdrop like the opening of a theatrical curtain. The barn, with a pitched roof, windows at a high level for natural ventilation, and large sliding doors, is posed on a gentle slope near a creek. Within the all-rusted exterior, as within a shell, is an all-timber interior.