Old and new, rural and contemporary, authenticity and replica: the architect blurs boundaries in a fascinating way. He manages to fit radical and rural through the same stable door. Never does he lose respect for archetypical barn construction. For instance, he highlights the authentic barn's original trusses while at the same time covering the new building with roof tiles and copper, traditional farm materials. Even the corten-steel funnel is a subtle reference to rusty farm sheds. However, this design is completely contemporary in its details and the way it is perceived. Never before has a historical stable house been so focused on the landscape. Never before has a barn had such a luxurious inner finish in Sandy Beach marble and roughened oak. And never before has farm life been so sophisticatedly minimalist.