Casa ME
© Marcello Mariana

Conversion of a barn and reconstruction of a farm building

Ruinelli Associati Architetti as Architects

The project addresses two themes, the conversion of a barn with a hayloft into a habitable building and the reconstruction of an adjacent but independent farm building, originally used for the produc-tion of cheese.The project connects the two small structures by means of a sunken passageway rendered invisible from the outside.The two structures are dealt with autonomously, despite a num-ber of features which allow them to be read as one project.The distinction lies primarily in the feeling that the internal space and the materials communicate to the visitor. 

photo_credit © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana
photo_credit © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

The barn has a stone base, reinforced and plastered in lime and cement and finished with lime mixed with very fine sand. The upper storey is a hayloft in interlocking logs (Blockbau) inside which a room in solid larch has been ‘inserted’. The farm building retains its original position and structure but the plastered stone wall has been replaced by a new wall in concrete, insulated and plastered.

photo_credit © Ruinelli Associati Architetti
© Ruinelli Associati Architetti
photo_credit © Ruinelli Associati Architetti
© Ruinelli Associati Architetti

The interior is exposed concrete which is obtained using white cement. The windows echo the origi-nals which were much smaller and cut obliquely, the exception being one large window which frames a view of Lake Maloja.Here, all the woodwork is in oak. The exterior is plastered in lime and cement which is then scored the day after its application to give it a rough look of mountain houses. The continuous flooring in both structures is in beaten concrete, obtained by adding powdered mar-ble and impregnated with Marsiglia soap.

photo_credit © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana
photo_credit © Ruinelli Associati Architetti
© Ruinelli Associati Architetti
photo_credit © Ruinelli Associati Architetti
© Ruinelli Associati Architetti
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Material Used :
1. Facade cladding: Farm: plastered in lime and cement which is then scored the day after its application. Barn:stone base, reinforced and plastered in lime and cement and finished with lime mixed with very fine sand. The upper storey is a hayloft in interlocking logs. 
2. Flooring: Beaten concrete, obtained by adding powdered marble and impregnated with Marsiglia soap.
3. Doors: By design of Ruinelli Associati Architetti. Farm: oak. Barn: larch.
4. Windows: By design of Ruinelli Associati Architetti. Farm: oak, with ex-ternal shutters in unfinished metal. Barn: larch.
5. Roofing: Local stone.
6. Interior lighting: By design of Ruinelli Associati Architetti.
7. Interior furniture: By design of Ruinelli Associati Architetti.

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