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Many Farm Buildings have traditionally been built from crude timber such as recycled telegraph poles and slabwood. The easy availability of such materials in rural areas has led, to an unfortunate and overready association of roundpole to (only) agricultural buildings. Whilst this perception has limited the more widespread adoption of pole construction, the limited contemporary use of poles for agricultural uses is shown in the top three examples shown.

The difference between a heated and unheated structure is significant in that the need to install insulation and its subframe makes quite an impact on the nature of the construction and the cost effectiveness of using round pole - even as a primary structure. It was felt that this category could readily include non agricultural, unheated sheds.

Modern Agricultural Shed
(source: Griffiths, UoS)
An industrial type shed in Austria by Herr Zopf using machined poles and forced metal plates.
Store @ CSCT
(source: Gaia)
Original designs for the CSCT (Central Scotland Countryside Trust) headquarters included this proposal for a Workshop / Store using a roundpole portal frame with roundpole purlins
Barn at Hooke Park
(source: Gaia)
A contemporary adaptation of the traditional barn by Simmonds/Mills at Hooke Park, giving cover, but little enclosure to typical forestry/timberworking operations.
Traditional Finnish Barn
(source: Gaia)
The museum at Inari, Finland, contains a number of examples of traditional farm building, this one shows the use of roundpole in a simply braced structure.
Traditional Finnish Larder
(source: Gaia)
The need to keep food out of the reach of animals led to ingenious designs for larders in Lappland. This pole built store sits on a pole and is accessed by a pole built ladder.