Art Farm Red Barn Gallery

A juxtaposition of vernacular, place-bound physicality and the abstraction of the “white cube".

  • Location Marquette, Nebraska
  • Status In progress
  • Date 2011
  • Collaborators

    FACT and Min | Day

A transformation of barn and gallery – a subversion of expectations – produces novel circumstances for experiencing art. The Red Barn Gallery is the public entry point for Art Farm, a non-profit artist-in-residence program situated on a forty-acre working farm in Marquette, Nebraska. The building juxtaposes vernacular, place-bound physicality with the “white cube” gallery typology. Transformations of both barn and gallery types subvert expectations and produce novel circumstances for experiencing art. The Red Barn Gallery resists but doesn’t eliminate neutrality of the white cube. The flat white walls give way to inflected surfaces that bend to accommodate, structure and deflect light. Filtered light enters from the polycarbonate-over-spaced-board roof and is further diffused with a horizontal, retractable solar shade scrim. The east wall of the central gallery is eliminated in favor of an aluminum and glass garage door that opens to the native grasses of the restored Art Prairie.

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The White Cube in the Red Barn.

The project takes advantage of the levitated state experienced while moving the original barn. The raised barn is transparent at its base so light can enter perimeter galleries at grade and reflect upwards off the light-gray concrete slab. This directly contrasts the light quality of the central white cube gallery where filtered and controllable natural light enters from above. The levitated barn is thus open to its surroundings, maintaining a direct connection between all interior gallery spaces and the surrounding native grass prairie.

Detailed building section.

Project Awards

2006 ACSA Faculty Design Award, Honorable Mention (version 1)

2004 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Unbuilt Work (version 1)


“Post-Agricultural Speculations,” by Jeffrey L. Day, Bracket, On Farming, Actar Press, October 2010

Architectural Record, Design Vanguard 2009, by Mae Ryan, December 2009

Residential Architect, “A Matter of Fact”, by Meghan Drueding, August 2008

Omaha World Herald, “Shed your rigid ideas about ‘art’”, Dane Stickney, January 6 2008

“Drawing Lines on the Land,” REVIEW, Urban Stories of Place, Urban Planning & Architecture 2006, April 2006

“ART FARM | Red Barn Gallery,”by Jeffrey L. Day, Proceedings: 93rd ACSA Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, March 2006

“Two Facts about Landscape in Architecture,”by Jeffrey L. Day, 306090 #7, September, 2004

Photography By Model photography by Larry Gawel
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