Modern architecture is often the foe of untouched locations steeped with history, but Bergmeisterwolf Architekten seamlessly transformed a dilapidated farmstead in the small town of Sterzing into a stunning home that reflects the ancient architectural sensibilities of the area. A success in both adaptive reuse and siting, the new construction melds beautifully with the surrounding landscape, and provides a stunning escape for its inhabitants year round.
It was important for Bergmeisterwolf Architekten to maintain not only the integrity of the original structure, but the landscape. All new extensions were inserted without changing the topography, and the spaces were distributed according to their function, form and material. A clear circulation and overall unification maintains itself through the careful positioning of each space.
The home’s focal point is a massive stone wall that flanks one side of the two-story structure. The wall was rebuilt, and large dark frames surround small lookout windows, offering a subtle and beautiful contrast to the surface. Throughout the interior, and on the exterior, original stone details and woodwork were either preserved or restored by traditional stonemasons. To avoid chemical treatment, the exterior’s non-stone surfaces were re-clad with wood shingles that were either pre-weathered or charred to keep fire, bacteria and fungi at bay.
A lush green roof tops off the home, and an expansive terrace provides a roofed but open space for its inhabitants to enjoy the panoramic views of the valley below.
Image: © Günter Richard Wett