International Style: Remodeling a 700-Year-Old Farmhouse


A robust sandstone box with beautifully angled arches, this freshly-modified modern refab reflects contemporary needs but also draws inspiration from regional design traditions. Apsects of Arabic, Greek and Norman architecture can be found in new decorative elements retrofit into the existing structural framework.

The most prominent accessories are a series of thirty-six water-cut aluminum panels placed around the facade, providing light filtration and visual decor on top of each arch that pierces the exterior walls (some of them up to a few feet thick).

The design of these unique sheets involved a combination of pattern generation and digital testing to see how they would perform with interior and exterior lighting, shadow and shade, but also structural stability and overall rigidity.

Much of the white-painted interior is plain, but intentionally so – the larger volumes and space-defining archways speak for themselves, while a constantly-shifting pattern of light plays over the omnipresent aluminum panels.

The result is neither here nor there – future nor past – but something the spans between.?While the materials, patterns and color palette clearly show the place to have modern influences on close inspection, the overall feel is surprisingly timeless. Design by Peter Pichler; photography by Domingo Milella and Victoria Ebner.

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