oppenheim architecture renovates 18th century kirchplatz residence
oppenheim architecture renovates 18th century kirchplatz residence oppenheim architecture renovates 18th century kirchplatz residence
dec 05, 2015

oppenheim architecture renovates 18th century kirchplatz residence

oppenheim architecture renovates 18th century kirchplatz residence
image © børje müller
all images courtesy of oppenheim architecture




a farmhouse built in 1743 in basel, switzerland, has undergone a transformation under the creative eye of international studio oppenheim architecture and design. the renovation has resulted in a new single family residence as well as an office located within the rugged timber walls of the historic structure. the overall form was maintained so as to respect the architecture that marked a period of time in basel, however markedly contemporary elements hint at the updated use while still paying homage to the existing vernacular.

outdoor deck with skylights opening to the residence below
image © børje müller




large apertures were created to provide plenty of natural light within the spaces, especially on the front facade that contains a large portion of the building removed and replaced with glass to form an outdoor patio and entryway, still keeping the original form through a series of  slender joists and columns outlining the original elevation. once inside, a double-height space lends to the open nature of the interior marked by stark white walls. below grade, the residence opens up into a sunken patio surrounded by white concrete walls. a series of cascading steps form stairs to the back yard above and serve as planters that make an angled green wall.

the original wooden exterior was maintained, only taking voids from the structure to create new spaces
image © børje müller

upstairs studio space
image © børje müller

hallway open to the lower level
image © børje müller

view of the subterranean patio
image © børje müller



project info:



scope: office building renovation
area: 2,992 sf + new single family residence 3,015 sf.
architecture and interior design: in collaboration with huesler architekten
location: muttenz/basel, switzerland
photos: børje müller

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