Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Next to the chapel in Sterzing, Italy by Bergmeisterwolf architekten
September 25th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bergmeisterwolf architekten
The project is situated in a little village, above Sterzing, on a height of 1.400m above sea-level. Out of a farmhouse with an old oven (made of stone) which were both fit for demolition, a new holiday residence of the Brunner family should arise. Together with the historical chapel an ensemble on the mountain should come into existence. It was important for us to integrate a place to live, a sauna, a garage and a henhouse into the landscape. All new buildings were inserted into the landscape without changing the topography. Design tools were the found, the discovered – the landscape as well as the remains of the old farmhouse like the stone wall and the traditional materials as for example the shingles from the chapel.
The starting point was the old stone wall of the farmhouse. The new structure was placed with a distance of 1,50m towards it. The structure was covered with shingles following the roof also on the soffit, they were exposed to wind and weather a half year before in order to achieve a relatively uniform weathering , a silvery tone. The entrance of the building is achieved by crossing a little metal bridge which opens the view to the space covered with greenery between the stone wall and the cladding of the building. A staircase made of glass which lies between stone wall and the shingle cladding leads downstairs. Simple materials, like the concrete ceiling which was roughly structured with laths, glass elements, as well as steel and wood characterize the interior.
A game with cubes inside the room is created: the steel toilet box, the stove made of original tiles, the revolvable piece of furniture and the inserted lounge cube – an old original southtirolien Stube , which can be perceived also from outside as a steel cube.
On the one hand, a sauna box belongs to the ensemble which is stuck in the territory. The simple element was supplied with earth-coloured plaster. The roof is intensively covered with greenery. The jutting out and pending terrace is roofed but at the same time also open and offers a wonderful view over the valley.
On the other hand there is the garage, an almost black cube in the landscape, covered with greenery, simple with small cut-outs and larch-wood laths.
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