Harlem barn By Miss Robot and Soobum You

Harlem Barn

​By Miss Robot and Soobum You (MissRobot Design)

Where your livestock live with you

Current trends of lifestyle are looking for the way to combine the advantages of the livings in urban and rural area. The urban area can provide convenience, culture, and entertainment. On the other hand, the rural life gives us nature and health. As an attempt of a hybrid, more people than ever have jumped into urban agriculture raising their food and livestock by themselves in the house.

As New York Times wrote, chickens are a symbol of urban nirvana, and their coops backyard shrines to a locavore movement that has city dwellers moving ever closer to their food.

Furthermore, not only as the source of food, but the livestock are also considered as a pet. It is not funny there are many websites selling livestock’s diapers. They are invading into the inside of home.

The Harlem Barn is a hybrid multiple dwelling building located above the roof of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, which is originally built as the theater in 1925. From the beginning, it had been a cultural or religious center of the neighborhood, and now becomes a new home of lifestyle pioneers pursuing well-being in the city.

The building is composed of two parts, a barn and residential units. The barn is located right above the existing church, and residences which consist of micro dwelling units (28 square meters) are stacked or cantilevered over the barn.

The barn also can be open to the neighborhoods providing space to raise food and livestock by themselves and generating close and humanistic social relationship.


The structure of new building is designed in consideration of minimizing the structural and spatial impact to existing church which contains large public hall without columns in the middle.
The tower portion consist of residential units are located on the south and west edge of existing roof. It is designed super slim with only 4.6m depth and vertical slim trusses carry the vertical load directly to existing column.
The barn has long span wall trusses which sit on the columns of existing building edge.
Kerto-S LVL beams with steel plate reinforcement are used as truss members


Although the skin of building is not a load bearing wall, the curtain wall frames are designed as an aggregation of trusses with various sizes of Kerto-S LVL beams.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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