Farmstead Next to the Chapel
by bergmeisterwolf

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An enormous frame surrounds a little window in the reconstructed stone wall that flanks this holiday home in northern Italy by architects bergmeisterwolf (+ slideshow).

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

The wall previously belonged to a crumbling farmhouse in the small town of Sterzing and the remains of the old building are integrated into the structure of the new two-storey residence.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

The architects employed traditional stonemasons to rebuild the wall without mortar and recreate its original appearance.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

Other existing walls are re-clad with wooden shingles, which were pre-weathered to give them a silvery colour.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

A charred timber garage is located just behind the house, while a sauna with a brown-rendered facade is positioned alongside.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

Other Italian residences we've featured include a house with a four metre-high door and an apartment with honeycomb-patterned floors.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

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Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

Photography is by Günter Richard Wett.

Here's some extra text from bergmeisterwolf:


Next to the chapel, farmstead b, sterzing

The site is situated in a little village, above Sterzing, on a height of 1.400 m above sea-level. Out of a farmhouse with an old oven (made of stone) which were both fit for demolition a new holiday residence of the Brunner family should arise.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

Together with the historical chapel an ensemble on the mountain should come into existence.

It was important for us to integrate a place to live, a sauna, a garage and a henhouse into the landscape. All new buildings were inserted into the landscape without changing the topography. They should be separated according to their function, form and material and still create a unity because of their positioning.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

We worked with the found, the discovered - the landscape as well as the remains of the old farmhouse like the stone wall and the traditional materials as for example the shingles from the chapel.

The starting point was the old stone wall of the farmhouse for us. After a long search we finally found workers (stone artists) who were able to rebuild it according to old architecture without mortar. The structure was covered with shingles following the roof also on the soffit, they were exposed to wind and weather already 1 and a half year before in order to achieve a relatively uniform weathering , a silvery tone.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

Simple materials, like the concrete ceiling which was roughly structured with laths, glass elements, as well as steel and wood characterize the interior. As a basic principle old materials were reused and combined with new ones.

At the same time, a sauna box belongs to the ensemble which is stuck in the territory. The simple element was supplied with earth-coloured plaster.

The roof is intensively covered with greenery. The jutting out and pending terrace is roofed but at the same time also open and offers a wonderful view over the valley.

Farmstead Next to the Chapel by Bergmeister Wolf

On the other side there is the garage, an almost black cube in the landscape, covered with greenery, simple with small cut-outs and larch-wood laths.

A game between architecture, landscape and art should come to life.

  • itch

    Love dry-stone wall. And shingles. And charred timber – well, I’m sold! Congratulations, the home has a cosy look. Where could one see some illustrations of how the architecture all ties together?

  • http://www.wilswoonwerk.nl Wil Poort

    This project is a succes. A beautiful home. The different used materials bring together the modern signature and the warm feel. Congratulations indeed.

  • Owen

    It is tremendous housing I guess.

    Harmony between old traditional masonry that I’ve always been curious how to build and modern design.

    I would be very happy if I could spend my later years at a nicely designed place like that.

  • http://wwwatelier-zaza.com KNOCKAERT

    J’adore l’architecture entre tableau et architecture, les matériaux: dur, rugeux et doux et fluide… Excellent résultat SUPER

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Great balance between Modernity and Tradition :)