in lüsen, a village about a 20-minute drive from brixen (south tyrol), a concrete sculpture sits confidently in the landscape. by extending the existing residential units, the builders were not only able to create space for the younger generation, but also breathe new life into the building.
despite the small building volume available to the clients, they wanted a spacious living space that was flooded with light. the architectural concept divides the existing common area into generous terrace and garden areas. another requirement for the addition was to simplify the original parking situation.
the solution was to embed the extension into the hillside plot. the chosen construction method resulted in only a small above-ground building volume, so that the owners were able to fulfill their dream of large, bright living spaces with adjoining generous terrace areas. the residential units are accessible from the street, so that the building allows barrier-free living for the residents. the base forms the foundation for the washed concrete extension and also creates space for parking spaces and cellar rooms.
the interventions in the main building are limited to the interior rooms. there, the sanitary areas and bedrooms were redesigned and modernized. a two-story atrium in the rear, underground area of the building connects the old building with the extension and provides additional daylight in the residential units. the two kitchens-livings are located in the floor-to-ceiling glazed extension, which impresses with a panoramic view of the natural surroundings.
the outer shell of the extension consists of exposed aggregate concrete, wood and glass. the chosen materiality underlines the contrast between old and new, solidity and transparency and was chosen deliberately due to the underground construction. the façade serves as a climbing aid for plants, allowing nature to reclaim a piece of habitat and enter into a symbiosis with the aging concrete sculpture over time.
Competition Hotel in Northern Italy Luttach
the competition entry for the extension of a hotel reshapes, redesigns and reconceives the available space.
the existing hotel consists of different volumes that are cleverly connected esthetically by the extension. the concept envisages that the restructuring of the buildings will be based on the organic forms of the surroundings. the staging deliberately blends into the landscape and also creates a more natural open space for visitors.
the buildings, which are differentiated in dimension and height, are clad in expanded metal and feature a large-scale but minimalist façade design. the facades [latin: facies for face] are thus unified and become the new face of the hotel. folded elements in the outer facade plane keep the buildings in motion. this dynamic sets an accent and underlines the adaptation of the buildings to the individual needs of the visitors.
additional volumes take up topographical forms and thus model the spatial landscape. the round forms harmonize with the hilly landscape; here the extension opens up and offers guests a change of perspective. this new area, embedded in the landscape, can be used in a variety of ways thanks to the redesign and thus becomes the focal point of the temporary stay of many guests.