NSPJ Architects

Davidson Farms

Liberty, Missouri


Architecture, Landscape Architecture

To honor the Davidson family legacy, the Davidson Farms Clubhouse was built to create a community gathering space with the form and proportions of a traditional barn. The clubhouse and pool are designed for year-round use and positioned on a 3-acre lake for the entire community to enjoy. With 2,340 square feet of conditioned interior space and 1,500 square feet of outdoor living space, there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy fishing, scenic walking trails, pocket parks, and a family-friendly lap pool with a wrap-around deck.

For this single-family community in Liberty, Missouri we took a contemporary take on an American icon: the Monitor-style barn. While not the most common, they can still be found across rural Missouri today. Davidson Farms derives its namesake from its initial settlement in 1832 when the family ventured west from Kentucky to start a new life on the American frontier. After settling in the area, generations have grown up on this farmland.

The original high vents which originally provided much-needed exhaust, are now used as clerestory windows to bring natural lighting into the interior space. Once the light enters the clubhouse it will highlight the exposed structure. This provides a “refined rustic” aesthetic on the ceiling of the gathering space, contrasting appropriately with the contemporary details found elsewhere. To create a sense of arrival, split rail fencing designates the entry to this up and coming neighborhood. The entry monuments continue the contemporary farm aesthetic by incorporating rustic stone and modern freestanding metal letters on a rounded wall.

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