Architect in ChargeChad Oppenheim
Project ManagerBeat Huesler
Project ContributorsFrederic Borruat, Aleksandra Melio, Sabrina Equilino, Jessica Gutzwiller,Philippe Bernard, Chricstoph Omlin
Text description provided by the architects. Residence:
A new single family house designed adjacent to the Oppenheim Europe office. This elegant contemporary structure juxtaposes with the adaptive re-use of the historic farmhouse that was converted into the office.
The new and old share commonalities of materials and colors. The Kirchplatz Residence has 2 floors above ground and 1 floor underground with an outdoor backyard terrace that leads up to the ground level.
The design of the project born out of a competition initiated by the city of Muttenz, was based on the renovation of a historic farmhouse situated within the historic center core of the city.
The new design aims to provide an interpretation and amplification of the existing traditional features of the historic building, originally constructed in 1743, and its interior. This is achieved by having strategic openings for natural daylight cut into the 1-meter thick stone walls, and by juxtaposing a crisp white finish for the interiors, which play against the texture of the old wood and stone.
Volumetrically the spaces open up, overlap, and merge together. The sustainability considerations include maintaining an energy efficient building through the use of current MINERGIE (energy efficiency) construction standards, solar roof panels, a sustainable choice of materials such as reclaimed wood used for the facade, and the restoration of existing architectural elements where possible.