Wirth Architekten blends rustic charm with modern style in Remisenpavillon, a boxy multi-use garage for a farm-turned-residence in Germany’s Lower Saxony region. The perforated brick structure was constructed from local materials: the wood was salvaged from a lightning-felled oak tree and the brick was reclaimed from a burnt-down farmhouse. Although the structure looks like an unassuming brick cube from afar, closer examination reveals its delicate and more contemporary details.
Located just off of the main road and driveway, the 42-square-meter Remisenpavillon is the first structure seen in the approach to the main house. Though the building was specifically designed to be large enough for car or tractor parking, it can also be used for other purposes, including firewood storage, office space, or dining. Perforated brickwork promotes natural ventilation and daylighting; at night, the structure appears to glow from the inside.
The Remisenpavillon opens up through two sets of timber doors, one on either side of the dividing fence. “From afar the pavilion appears as a closed massive cube,” write the architects. “As one approaches, the delicate structure of the hole masonry is visible, around the corner is the wooden wall of floor to ceiling entrance gates.”
Images via Wirth Architekten, © Christian Burmester