The Black Barn is a prefab designed by the Swedish studio Pinc (People Incorporated). The idea of the form is ancient and comes from viking homes that were extremely narrow, covered by a wooden tarred roof and had visible beams. The volume is simple and its shape offers an interesting interior, a challenging task that the designers solved wisely by using every inch of the offered space. It is, of course, created to meet the new EU energy and insulation standards. I love this idea. Not only is it energy efficient and sustainable but it is also very appealing and has a symbolism to it. I have to say I miss projects like this in my own country. People are building new houses that are not always bad looking but they don’t have much to do with co-creating the cultural landscape. Architects definitely contribute to that and should be aware of who we are, where our roots are and what we want our children to inherit. A part of our culture are the buildings we live in and we could learn so much from our ancestors, especially when it comes to building in a rural environment. I’d like to see more photos of this project although they’re really hard to find. It seems like the detailing is amazing. Vikings are so cool, I want to be a viking. And wear a horn hat. Uuu and have an axe! But then I’m a threat to little children already. And myself.