Situated in the Bavarian Alps, the Alpine Flax Hut Conversion by Max von Werz Arquitectos stands as a distinctive example of architectural evolution.
This project transcends conventional restoration, venturing into the realm of adapting and extending a historical structure - a flax threshing hut, dating back to the 18th century and listed for its heritage significance.
The challenge was to create a functional modern home while preserving the essence of the original stone construction. The solution: a nuanced integration of new structures that maintain visual and conceptual separation, yet connect seamlessly with the old. This approach respects the original architecture, avoiding mimicry or superficial ornamentation.
The design introduces a new volume that, at first glance, appears independent but is thoughtfully aligned with the historical building. This juxtaposition of old and new is further exemplified in the spatial arrangement, reminiscent of the local 'Hof' or homestead, suggesting a natural, organic growth over time. Material choices play a crucial role in this dialogue. The extension, a blend of timber posts on a concrete foundation, finished with timber siding, speaks to the region's building traditions. The copper-clad, low-pitched roof with expansive eaves adds a contemporary layer while acknowledging the past.
The layout of the 250 m2 space strategically positions the new build to shield against northern exposures while embracing southern views, connecting the residents with the village and the alpine scenery. This orientation not only maximizes views but also harnesses natural light, especially in the afternoons. Architekturbüro Stephan Wildgruber's local expertise was instrumental in realizing the project on-site, ensuring that the design resonated with its context while meeting modern living standards.