Kirchplatz Office + Residence is the renovation of an historic farmhouse by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, situated within the historic center core of the city of Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland. The original farmhouse was constructed in 1743. Today the converted farmhouse serves as an office for an architectural design company, provides community meeting space, and serves as a compelling link to a new, adjacent private residence.
The new design aimed to provide a fresh interpretation to the existing traditional features of the historic farmhouse building and it’s interior. This is achieved by creating new openings for natural daylight and by using a crisp white finish in the interiors, which juxtapose against the texture of the old wood and through the way in which the spaces open up, overlap, and merge together with one another.
The sustainability considerations included maintaining an energy-efficient building through the use of current MINERGIE (energy efficiency) construction standards, solar roof panels, a sustainable choice of materials such as reclaimed wood used for the facade, and the restoration of existing architectural elements where possible.
The project also included the design of a new single family house adjacent to the adaptively re-used historic farmhouse that was converted into the office. This elegant contemporary residential structure juxtaposes with the historic building. The new and old share commonalities of materials and colors, yet have distinctly different expressions with the interplay of modern and historic delighting the senses.
The 3-floor house is organized with the master bedroom and guest bedroom on the top floor; the kitchen, dining and living spaces on the ground level; and the children’s bedrooms below ground with a ramped outdoor backyard terrace leading up to the ground level.
Photos: Courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture
This gorgeous home recalls the scale and charm of a comfortable modern farm house, which has been designed by Tim Cuppett Architects in Austin, Texas. The dwelling is set on a beautiful property with lots of trees adding privacy and shade. The spacious two-storey interior features cozy and welcoming design with warm wooden flooring throughout, neutral color scheme with colorful texture and materials flourishing around every corner.
Photos: Ryann Ford
Healdsburg Residence is a very lovely farm house located on Fitch Mountain with expansive views of the Alexander valley, in San Francisco, California. Designed by Nick Noyes Architecture, this single family residence is composed of four iconic metal-roofed gabled wings that are connected by an open breezeway and transparent entry and passage zones fabricated from a steel window and door system.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
House on the house or Forum Limbach is an old farm house in Limbach im Burgenland, Austria designed by Looping Architecture. The farmyard was expanded by an architecturally exciting chapter; the annex serves as a discussion forum and venue. On top sits the upper storey as “house on the house” with the principal’s private rooms. The new building, fitted into the historically grown farmyard structure, closes the rural square edifice and at the same time opens up the previously enclosed inner yard. This apparently contradictory double function is made possible by the building’s clever horizontal bisection. The “house on the house”, entirely clad in a red polyurethane skin, faces east-west, the necessary rotation out of the original property’s axes emphasizes that it is a newcomer in the conglomerate. It is accessed via a self-supporting stairway quoting the ladders which belong to the farmyard image. In the farmyard’s biography, the annex project marks a visionary new beginning without overwriting the property’s naturalness.
Relax Tra Gli Ulivi is a stunning rustic farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy designed by Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design in 2007. The home showcases cutting-edge design solutions and traditional materials. With exposed wood beams, stone walls and limestone flooring, this cozy family home is the perfect weekend retreat. Colorful furnishings are splashed throughout the home, vintage and modern are mixed to create a lived-in feeling and a welcoming ambiance.
Photos: Giorgio Baroni
This stunning renovated farmhouse is located in Utrecht, Netherlands, designed by interior design firm VIVA VIDA. The farmhouse was quite spacious and the clients wanted it to be designed with salvaged furnishings and materials. They wanted the original atmosphere and function but with any corny interiors. The designers found the perfect match between the original character of the house and contemporary, craft customization, fitting the atmosphere that the clients wanted in the areas and in the way they wanted to live in the house.
“You can spend your time relaxing yourself and you keep surprised and puzzled. All of the spaces are intimate and with its own character. They form entirely original details like the crochet stair parts and (re) use of old materials. The functional design of the kitchen and the special box beds make it personal. Even the wallpaper in our son’s bedroom is made from a photograph of my grandfather as a child around here plays. “
Photos: Courtesy of VIVA VIDA
This stunning modern farmhouse is situated in New York, designed by interior designer Betty Wasserman. The family home has been designed in a neutral color palette with a clean and fresh design aesthetic. Betty is an established designer who has made her mark by fusing original art, interior design and home furnishings into a complete and modern approach to lifestyles. Her warm, minimalist design concept allows her to create environments reflective of modern themes, while expressing the lifestyle and needs of the client.
Photos: Eric Striffler Photography
This beautiful project focuses on the restoration and expansion of a farmhouse by A2BC Studio on the terraced hillside of Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. The main emphasis of the project is on the recovery and emphasis of original materials and construction techniques in a contemporary perspective. The main house has fully retained its structure and distribution while incorporating contemporary elements in substitution for the parts of the building that were not recoverable due to advanced stages of deterioration.
New concrete paving unifies the spaces of the house, white plaster for the interior highlights the stone on the original bearing walls, and the new black window frames create a balanced contrast with the interiors of the house and the framing of the landscape. The furniture is refined yet simple, as it plays on the combination of recovered and modern pieces, using colors that recall those of the surrounding landscape.
The restoration of the main house is complemented by the reconstruction of the adjacent barn, of which only the foundation remained. A simple volume of split stone, typical of Liguria, is hollow to allow for a generous full-height opening towards the sea, whose adjustable brise soleil, the typical Genoese shutters, allow regulation of the light throughout the day. Inside, the smallest spaces, the ‘garden rooms’ (the surface is approximately equal to Le Corbusier’s Cabanon at Cap-Martin) has no more than a bed, water closet, sink, and shower. The scheme is repeated on two floors.
The Farm House was designed for a couple who resided in Toronto, Ontario who desired to have a vacation retreat that would provide a contemporary take on country living. After finding a 100-acre property with rolling cornfields and a barn, they asked architecture studio Cindy Rendely Architexture to help them create a comfortable and modern house that would be sensitive to its rural setting. Taking cues from the original barn located at the edge of the property, Rendely designed a new, 3,135-square-foot, rectangular building interrupted along its length by a two-story volume that houses the master bedroom suite above and a second bedroom below.
A one-story artist’s studio completes the bar-like volume on the other side of the two-story structure. This independent volume is playfully rotated 15 degrees and is separated from the continuous bar to create an open courtyard space between the two buildings with views directed toward Lake Ontario. Believing that a visual and spatial calm can be derived from simple proportions and repeated forms, Rendely made the footprint of the studio a perfect six-meter cube.
At the opposite end of the house, another cube of the same proportions “pushes” through the single-story bar building. A private guest suite is clad entirely in tile and is clearly expressed inside and out.
To ensure that the house was truly rural in character, the clients requested a gabled roof, which Rendely exaggerated in pitch and clad with aluminum to complement the neutral tones of the exterior wood.
A consistent and simple material palette of one tile and one wood throughout creates a harmonious backdrop for vintage furnishings and folk art. All of the interior finishes are local, durable, and easy to maintain. The grey porcelain tile echoes the region’s clay and rocky ground.
Douglas fir was specified in an array of forms for the interior window frames, doors, wall and ceiling finishes, and custom built-in millwork throughout.
Quarter-cut and rift-cut veneers and simple plywood sheathing highlight the transformative qualities of the singular material, while maintaining consistent tones.
The plywood ceilings give the interiors a raw, barn-like feeling and the random patchwork quality of the material in its natural and unfinished state reinforces the rural character of this modern farmhouse.
Nestled on a remote farm in Jämtland, an historical province in the center of Sweden is this beautifully adorned farmhouse, with a calm, no-frills simplicity. It was in this type of environment that the majority of the population in Sweden lived only 100 years ago. Dressed in casual warmth that one would expect of a Scandinavian home, this cozy country style home was photographed by a company called Norrgavel for their home furnishings and decor catalogue. The fantastic farmhouse also features an inviting bedroom attic with exposed wood beams, hardwood flooring and fabulous linens.
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