valerio olgiati: bardill studio, switzerland
valerio olgiati: bardill studio, switzerland valerio olgiati: bardill studio, switzerland
may 05, 2013
valerio olgiati: bardill studio, switzerland

‘bardill studio’ by valerio olgiati, scharans, switzerland
image © archive olgiati



linard bardill, a song writer, has a space of reflection and work in the protected village of scharans in the swiss landscape

by acclaimed architect valerio olgiati. in situ red concrete walls exhibit a cast rosette pattern that gives way to a large, 

round opening in the atrium. the pieces of sky invited into the architecture become part of the tectonic palette 

of the space, while the former barn keeps the volumetric relationship of the old building.  the building is imbued

with grandeur and geometric clarity as it respects the small-scale village that houses it. the 800 inhabitant town 

now counts among its architectural makeup an anti-house of sorts, with no windows or traditional idea of a roof;

however, one that uses the elements of the built form to frame the sky and harness the colors of the earth.





red in-situ concrete creates the envelope of a building form that revels in earth and sky 
image © archive olgiati



detail of the concrete cast pattern of rosettes 
image © archive olgiati



a rapid 18 month construction yielded a form whose rational exterior belies its spatially unusual interior 
image © archive olgiati



the actual studio is a mere third of the total building, about 60 square meters, verus and internal garden framed by a sizable aperture 
image © archive olgiati



the interior green space is central to the concept of the studio 
image © archive olgiati


project info:


object: private atelier – one working space
location: scharans, switzerland
client: linard bardill, musician + poet
architect: valerio olgiati, prof. dipl. architect eth/sia
collaborators: nathan ghiringhelli (project manager office olgiati), nikolai müller, mario beeli
construction supervisor: linard bardill
structural engineer: patrick gartmann, partner of conzett, bronzini, gartmann ag, chur
materials: red in-situ concrete, steel, copper
volume: 665 m3
area: atelier space: 70 m2
garage, storage, technic: 65 m2
courtyard: 150 m2

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