The result of the combined efforts of Florida-based firm Oppenheim Architecture + Design and Swiss studio Huesler Architekten, Kirchplatz Office and Residence is an eighteenth century building in northern Switzerland re-purposed to provide a practical working environment. The new renovated building offers a large studio for corporate events and also contains a meeting room for the use of the local community. Here is more information provided by the architects: “The new design aimed to provide a fresh interpretation to the existing traditional features of the historic farmhouse building and it’s interior.This is achieved by creating new openings for natural daylight and by using a crisp white finish in the interiors, which juxtapose against the texture of the old wood and through the way in which the spaces open up, overlap, and merge together with one another“. Sustainable features of the project include use of current MINERGIE (energy efficiency) construction standards, solar roof panels, reclaimed wood used for the facade, and the restoration of existing architectural elements where possible.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests