From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A reconstruction
A model
A floorplan

A byre-dwelling ("byre"+ "dwelling") or Wohnstallhaus (German term: [wohnung, dwelling] + [stall, barn, sty] + [haus, house ]) is a farmhouse in which the living quarters are combined with the livestock and/or grain barn under the same roof.

This kind of construction is found in archaeological sites in northwestern Europe from the Bronze age. It was also used in more modern times by Mennonites in Flanders and the Netherlands.[1]

Compared are the Yemeni towerhouses, in which the ground floor was reserved for animals, with dwellings on higher floors.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harry Leonard Sawatzky, "They Sought a Country: Mennonite Colonization in Mexico. With an Appendix on Mennonite Colonization in British Honduras", 1971, ISBN 0520017048, p. 272
  2. ^ "Architecture, Modernity, and Preservation: The Tower House of Sana'a, Yemen"