Team converts old milking parlor into studio

<p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-VT) recently recognized Vermont Integrated Architecture (VIA) of Middlebury with a 2015 Honor Award for the transformation of an old milking parlor into a contemporary writer&rsquo;s studio.</p><p> Long out-of-use farm buildings are a common sight throughout Vermont. Yet on a pristine, historic farmstead in Cornwall, one unassuming farm building has become a contemplative writing space that recognizes and honors its agricultural past. The nearly 500-square-foot building received a new foundation, insulation and new window openings, and features two levels &mdash; a main floor and a moveable loft.</p><p> The loft moves by way of a hand crank fashioned out of a salvaged dairy barn stanchion and farm equipment gears, allowing the writer to take advantage of changing light conditions and views. Like an old-school rolling library ladder, the loft also permits access to upper level bookshelves.</p><p> The AIA-VT Award Jury recognized VIA&rsquo;s &ldquo;imagination, ingenuity and technical virtuosity&rdquo; in the restoration of the space, noting that &ldquo;the new hardware associated with the sliding mezzanine is simple, thoughtful, familiar but clearly innovative, and even playful.&rdquo;<img alt="" src="/files/images/AIA award 1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p><p> VIA architects received the award at AIA-VT&rsquo;s annual meeting on Dec. 10. Greg Borah, the project&rsquo;s builder, was also recognized. Other local collaborators on the project include Lou Nop of Nop&rsquo;s Metalworks, J.W. and D.E. Ryan Plumbing and Heating, and Adams Electric.</p><p> Andrea Murray and Ashar Nelson formed VIA in 2011. The firm strives to design delightful spaces that benefit communities and honor their respective environments. The writer&rsquo;s studio was completed in September 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> &nbsp;</p><p class="rteright"> <strong><sup>THIS HAND CRANK, made from old farm equipment, operates the studio&rsquo;s moving loft while honoring the building&rsquo;s past.</sup></strong></p>

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