Viewed from the street, the Red Barn in Fergitz on the west bank of the lake Oberuckersee can be mistaken for one of the typical agricultural buildings in the area. The conversion into a holiday home only becomes apparent at second glance. The reconstruction of this old barn was conceived by Thomas Kröger. The Berlin architect had already achieved acclaim for two earlier projects in the Uckermark region. The long barn – a old cowshed with thick stone walls, small upper windows and large wooden doors – has been preserved as it was on the outside. Inside, however, the building has been gutted and completely restructured.
The holiday apartment for four people is situated in the western part of the house. The entrance hall, with its rough wooden walls and ancient stone floor, recalls its former use as a barn. The spacious, airy living room downstairs boasts an impressive ceiling height of seven meters. Through a window opening in one of the two upstairs bedrooms you can look down into the living room. The apartment even features a private garden accessible from the kitchen area.
The main apartment on the eastern side can also be rented as a holiday home for up to eight people. The rooms are grouped on two levels surrounding the central hall of the barn. Otherwise unheated, this space connects inside and out, and provides light for the living rooms grouped around it. On the ground floor, raised a few steps, is the living, dining and kitchen area. The wooden pyramid above the dining table is a light shaft to bring natural light to this area. Bedrooms, study/guest room, bathroom and a loggia are on the first floor. Glazed walls reveal the hall’s wooden supporting structure and a monumental fireplace. When the large barn doors are open, the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space disappear.
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What to do
Fergitz is located in the lake-rich, hilly end moraine landscape of the northern Uckermark in the biosphere reserve Schorfheide-Chorin on the western shore of the Oberuckersee.
Hiking, cycling, swimming (the lake with bathing area is within 10 minutes walking distance), horse riding, canoeing
Why we like this house
Thomas Kroeger has brought new life to the old barn without destroying its character. The impressive generosity of the rooms can be experienced especially in the large holiday apartment.
This house is great for
A great place to unwind in the countryside for couples, families and friends.
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, Brandenburg, Uckermark, Gerswalde, Fergitz|
|Name||Rote Scheune (Red Barn)|
|Scenery||small hills and lakes. UNESCO Biosphere Reserve|
|Number of guests||Apartment: 4 people, main house: 11 people|
|Design||Thomas Kröger (architect), Berlin|
|Published||AD Germany 9/2020, RTL 07/2019, VOGUE Business 4/2018, n-tv Ratgeber Bauen & Wohnen 11/2017, Attitude 3/4 2016, AIT 7/8 2015, Architektur & Wohnen 4/2015|
|Awards||Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 (shortlisted), DAM award 2017, Häuser des Jahres - best single family-houses 2016 (award)|
|Architecture||Historical, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Pet-friendly|
|Same Architects||Die kleine Acht, Das schwarze Haus|
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