DeTurk Round Barn

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Project: DeTurk Round Barn, Santa Rosa, California

Firm: TLCD Architecture

Product: 24-ft (7.3-m) diameter Powerfoil®X fan

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“If you stand directly underneath the fan you get a great experience of symmetry all around you. With the conical roof, the fan really looks like a piece of art.”

Jennifer Tuell
Santa Rosa Recreation, Parks & Community Services Department

Project Summary

A historic round barn’s passive cooling was sufficient for horses and stored machinery, but it would need to be augmented if community members were going to be able to use the barn reliably and comfortably year-round for weddings, meetings and other events. The Santa Rosa Recreation, Parks & Community Services Department worked with TLCD Architecture to transform the historic structure from a storage facility to a neighborhood landmark.

TLCD Architecture turned to the Big Ass Fan Company to bring a sleek modern solution to the historic space. A 24-ft (7.3-m) diameter Powerfoil®X hovers between the elaborate ceiling and the mezzanine, augmenting the structure’s natural ventilation to provide a cooling effect. Intentional openings in the structure, operable skylights and the conical roof combine to allow the building to breathe naturally, with fresh air coming in, rising along the exterior walls, and escaping through the top of the 44-ft (13.4-m) cone. “During the design phase we went through so many options on how to heat and cool the barn,” said Jennifer Tuell, Research and Program Coordinator for the Santa Rosa Recreation, Parks & Community Services Department. “We couldn’t make the structure airtight, and it just didn’t make sense to air condition a barn with holes.” The fan in the DeTurk Round Barn is as much a piece of performance art as a functional centerpiece, blending its contemporary look with the historic structure’s charm. “If you stand directly underneath the fan you get a great experience of symmetry all around you,” Tuell said. “With the conical roof, the fan really looks like a piece of art.”

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