Here is a short clip I made of ‘The Wonderful Barn’ just outside Leixlip.
Made out of rock and shaped like a corkscrew it towers above the surrounding countryside, looking more like a medieval keep than a barn.
Built in 1743 on the edge of the Castletown estate, there is some debate over the original intended purpose of the barn.
Interestingly, the staircase scales the exterior of the building, winding around the circumference as it travels upward.
This architectural anomaly gives the entire building a slightly corkscrewing effect, as if there were a very slight optical illusion at work.
The staircase ends on a flat roof, surrounded by a parapet that furthers the medieval motif of the entire building.