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What better way to showcase the beauty of natural stone and traditional masonry than to offset it with something strikingly linear and boldly modern? This run-down farmhouse and barn combination and their fresh concrete additions might look too rustic on the one hand or contemporary on the other, but together they pack a powerful visual punch.

This Swiss architectural studio Clavienrossier (stunning photos by Roger Frei)?managed to maintain some of the exterior stone walls as well as interior cellars and floors, connecting two existing buildings into a singular new residence.

On the lower levels, small punched-opening windows retain a scale consistent with classic dwelling types. On the added top stories, a single large window occupies each major side, providing a broad look at surrounding mountain scenery.

Off-white concrete on the outside gives way to fully-white walls and built-ins on the interior, bright and smooth against the exposed stonework that runs along the edges and bisects certain spaces.

While there is a clear material and scalar distinction made between only and new throughout, a series continuous corner edges and the use of dark-stained wooden floors, doors and window trims serve to connect the disparate elements as part of a larger visual whole.

The only thing missing? Interior accessories and wall decor – it may look beautiful in its recently-renovated condition, but it would be lovely to see what it would be like to live in once properly decorated and accented on the inside.