This 200-year-old wood and granite building may look like an unassuming, rustic abode from the outside—but don’t let its weathered facade deceive you. Swiss firm Buchner Bründler Architekten renovated the centuries-old building into a summer home that boasts a clean and minimalist light-filled interior. Located in Linescio, Switzerland, this house-within-a-house overlooks views of the forested mountainside.
Although the old facade has been preserved in its original state, the architects gutted the interior to insert a monolithic, concrete shell that was poured layer by layer through the open roof. The goal was to create an appealing, modern holiday home that still preserved the original character of the stone house. The shape and cool tones of the untreated and exposed concrete volume echo the building’s archaic character.
Since the Linescio house will only be used in the summer, the architects didn’t install a heating system or additional insulation; however, a minimalist fireplace was placed on the ground floor. To maximize natural cooling, the home features high, folding shutters that open up to the south and west sides. The architects also built a small timber extension that features concrete elements like the bathtub and kitchen worktop with a single-cast sink.
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