Graz-based Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten spruced up (pun intended) a traditional farmhouse in Austria with a contemporary new addition clad in locally sourced rough-sawn spruce. Located in Bad Leonfelden in Upper Austria, House MK was renovated and expanded to create two separate living areas, one to house the client’s family and the other for his mother.
Designed in the Mühlviertel Bauernsacherl style, the original property was built in the local rural vernacular with a half-hip roof and white granite walls. Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten’s renovation carefully preserves the building’s character while adding an L-shaped extension that’s both contemporary and complementary. The spruce-clad addition is topped with an asymmetric fibre-cement gabled roof.
The interior features mostly white-painted surfaces with exposed timber ceiling beams and floors for a clean and modern appearance. The client’s family of four live on one side of the house with three bedrooms on the upper level of the old building that connect to an open-plan communal area with the kitchen, dining room, and living area in the new wing. The client’s mother lives on the lower level of the farmhouse, which was converted into a self-contained apartment with access to a small winter garden.
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