Owners wanted to preserve this piece of historic architecture – the shell of an old pig sty that was falling appart at the seams, stripped down to its bare structural shell. The shell itself was deemed to be intact but adding to it or subtracting from it would spoil its architectural state. The solution: add in an entirely new prefabricated home, dropping it in from above so it does not even have to touch the existing structure.
Openings in the newly built house correspond to existing perforations in the shell of the old structure. The juxtaposition of old and new is aesthetically compelling and plays up both the moderness of the addition and the age of what came before it – a brilliant synthesis of historical and new forms.