12km outside on the hills of city of Treia, Italy lays this 300 years old 3 level farm house.
The main part this historic building was half destroyed in a fire in 1995 and now the remaining of the farm house is under protection of the local authority.
The project undertaken by Wespi de Meuron consists of turning this 300 year old historic building into a contemporary house with a guest house and a pool by renovating it. While the original walls of the building were kept, the wooden supporting frame (Mid-level floor and the roof) was changed to be more stable and was hid into the walls.
The roof of the building was re-contracted according to its original and traditional architecture, while the mid-level floor and interior walls were plastered white. This new white plastered walls play an importing role reflecting the natural light throughout the interior of the house creating splendid feeling.
This project gets its inspiration from the north portion of the building which was half destroyed in the fire; this north side of the building was ruined from ground to roof which created an airy, lofty atmosphere. This ruined part was converted into a double high ceiling kitchen and a dining room, while the south side of the building has been divided horizontally from the north portion of the building which is architecturally quite untraditional, was designed as a living room with a fireplace on the ground floor and four bedrooms on the upper floors.
The barn which was located on the east side of the house was demolished and reconstructed into a guest house, while the pool was designed in reference to the geometrical patio between the two buildings.
Date: 2010Location: Treia, ItalyArchitect: Wespi de MeuronPhotographs: H.Henz architectural photographer