To give more structural stability to this traditional farmhouse in Switzerland's Emmental region, Freiluft Architektur designed a concrete structure that cuts through the entire existing building. Beside its structural role, the addition forms various spaces, shelving and storage areas as well. Take a closer look after the jump.
The concrete structure branches inside the old barn, allowing it to be easily converted into two residential units. Made up from board-marked concrete and extending across all three floors of the building, the addition forms doorway arches, service islands, and holds all the bathroom and kitchen accommodations and storage spaces.
Birch plywood and concrete dominate both the exterior and interior of the building, with patchwork patterns of stone, brick and timber marking the original walls deliberately left exposed to accentuate the rustic quality of the space.
Photos by David Aebi