House CCB in Switzerland sees the transformation of a barn into a luminous contemporary residence

House CCB in Switzerland sees the transformation of a barn into a luminous contemporary residence

4 Jun 2021 News

In the Swiss Alps, architect Ralph Germann has transformed a traditional barn into a luminous and contemporary residence. Behind monumental stone walls, is a bright interior washed with natural light.

Lionel Henriod

The original barn building was constructed in 1854 and over four generations of inhabitants has evolved from hay barn to stable, then to wine storage. In 1950, a wooden extension was added to the property.

Lionel Henriod

In approaching the project, Germann took the approach of highlighting the mineral character of the original building. Within the stunning stone shell that exists he carefully inserted a wooden and glass cube, which provides contemporary living space. The existing timber extension is freshly brushed and remains as a sharp contrasting element.

Lionel Henriod

From the entrance hall, a concrete staircase leads to the upper floor, with direct access to the main room and the terrace. Balancing two eras, the minimalist nature of the new construction complements the raw aspect of the old structure.  

Lionel Henriod

Further giving new life to the building’s original fabric, the architect has used the wooden boards of the old barn to design bespoke furniture for the kitchen and bedroom. In one of the bookshelves, a movable panel unveils an opening between the living room and bathroom where one can relax in the bath with views towards the fireplace.

Lionel Henriod

Throughout the day and year, natural light shapes the space following the rhythm of nature. In addition to the original narrow windows of the barn, four loopholes are pierced in the roof to bring in more natural light. Down to the smallest detail, light plays a role. Even the setting sun Is beautifully filtered by a carved shutter.

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