[ ARCHITECTURE ] STONE HOUSE TRANSFORMATION IN SCAIANO, SWITZERLAND WESPI DE MEURON ROMEO ARCHITECTS

'The original substance of this historic stone house, in the core of the village of Scaiano, consists in a main building with a cellar with vault and two floors above with kitchen, living and sleeping spaces. A later added annex, also completely made in solid natural stone, contained on the ground floor a small grape brandy distillery, on the 1.floor a room with above an attic. An exterior stone stairs and some small walls in front of the main facade, seems to have been created in the same time as the annex. In front of the main building there was originally – before the annex was built – a small square, the only one in the village structure.' - FROM THE ARCHITECT   [ via archdaily ]

LIVING IN LAYERS 

I've always been a believer in reusing, repurposing and environmentally sound projects, but it was the idea of 'living in layers' that really drew me to this home. Stone, wood and concrete. Historical, cultural and conceptual. Or maybe it's the idea of finding beauty in the unexpected and what still remains? Where some might see ruin or the need to rebuild, I admire so much the ones who rather breathe life into the old with a bit of new. There is an ambience that encompasses old and new architecture that I feel really enriches both the structure and experience of the inhabitants. Captured well in photographs here, it is quite clear that The Stone House has a personality of its own that seamlessly adds to the transformation of the structure. 

WORDS | Sanam Miremadi [ chloetouran ]

ARCHITECTS | Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architecture 

IMAGES | Hannes Henz