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NewsNews • 6 Nov 2020

Atelier-r weaves corten steel routes through 14th century castle ruin

In 2014 the 14th-century Helfštýn Castle had to close down due to severe safety hazards of falling masonry and debris. Atelier-r renovated the palace by adding a new roof and weaved new sightseeing routes through already existing gaps in the ruin. BoysPlayNice The new contemporary elements are kept clearly visible. For each element the architects chose a distinct material. Roofing made of glass, staircases and footbridges of corten steel and ground floor paths are made of polished concrete. BoysPlayNice Five glass roofs were inserted in between the ruin walls to shape exhibition chambers. The architects opted for sanded glass for easy maintenance and ideal light conditions of the palace interior. As the only exce... More

NewsMaterialization • 1 Aug 2020

Czech house design finds value in a ruin

A former homestead rebuilt as a granary under the communist regime, this house in that Czech Republic has also been looted and badly renovated over the years. But for ORA Architects, despite any ill-considered rebuilding, the house has lost none of its grandeur. Instead, the way it is positioned on-site and the way it rises to the sky has proven to be timeless. It was a ruin of value for the architects. Credit: BoysPlayNice Together with the building owners, the architects determined that repairing the existing fabric in full would mean losing the building's character. Thus, the concept of inserting a new house within the existing fabric, i.e. the ruin, emerged.   Credit: BoysPlayNice As part of the works, the original... More

NewsMaterialization • 24 Jul 2020

Federico Delrosso places Glass House inspired home on top of Italian ruins

Inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House as well as a minimal-naturalist approach, Teca House is a contemporary building born from the ruins of a rustic house on the Biellese hills of Italy. Designed by Federico Delrosso Architects, the existing rural wall systems become the base, connecting the house with the surrounding territory. Above is a new intervention, light and transparent: a structure in concrete that opens towards the landscape with two large horizontal wings and a completely openable glass layer that contains the volume. Credit: Matteo Piazza The building has an area of approximately 80 square meters which extends by another 50 square meters by opening the sliding glass walls that surround the volume. The flexibilit... More