Oliver Christen Architekten
Renovation and extension of an old Alpine farm
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Sagerberg project showcases the renovation of a historic house from 1753 that
was part of a former Alpine farm, which has been turned into a house and
holiday home with two apartments. Structural and architectural impurities have
been removed. The house has been extended towards the west and the development
stages of almost three hundred years of building history are once more visible.
Although the house was structurally sound before the renovation, it was in a
desperate, barely habitable state. The
character of the existing building with its low ceilings, fire wall, low
lintels and thresholds was a central element that was integrated into the
design and was then developed further. The extension towards the west follows
the cross section of the building and thus makes it possible to retain the
heavily weathered former western façade
that was badly in need of renovation as an inner wall. The inner walls of the «Strickbau»
log construction have been exposed while the exterior walls have been insulated
and re-clad on the inside. Cladding elements that are joined to the ceilings
and floors contrast with the supporting structure. These cladding elements
recall the former panelling but are nonetheless unique new interpretations. The objective
has not been to copy but to contrast old with new, ensuring they co-exist respectfully.
This gives each building component the required presence to allow the
individual elements to meld into a single expressive overall project.