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Old beco­mes some­thing special

Ber­schnei­der + Ber­schnei­der trans­for­med a for­mer barn into a hotel with a very spe­cial atmo­s­phe­re. As much of the woo­den struc­tu­re of the barn as pos­si­ble was pre­ser­ved in its ori­gi­nal con­di­ti­on and left visi­ble. The his­to­ric struc­tu­re was only repai­red and struc­tu­ral­ly streng­t­he­ned whe­re necessa­ry. With the use of natu­ral and eco­lo­gi­cal buil­ding mate­ri­als, sus­tainab­le, envi­ron­ment­al­ly con­scious con­struc­tion had top prio­ri­ty, in line with the phi­lo­so­phy of the hotel busi­ness “Alm­re­fu­gio”. The box stone mason­ry that is now visi­ble on the ground floor was com­ple­te­ly unco­ve­r­ed from old plas­ter, clea­ned and soli­di­fied. Fur­ther traces of the past can be found throughout the house. For examp­le the old fee­ding troughs, which were left in the rooms as con­tem­pora­ry wit­nes­ses, or the old hay cra­ne, which now hovers over the stair­well, as well as old cast iron parts, which can be found as hand­les on furniture.

Nost­al­gia, modern archi­tec­tu­re and inte­rior design har­mo­nious­ly com­bi­ned, plus a far-sigh­ted ener­gy con­cept with pho­to­vol­taics on the roof.


Archi­tec­tu­re and inte­rior design from a sin­gle source: the ent­i­re inte­rior design reli­es on natu­ral mate­ri­als such as solid wood or lime plas­ter. The real oak par­quet in the foy­er, for examp­le, was made from old rail­way slee­pers and, like all buil­ding mate­ri­als, is of cour­se com­ple­te­ly free of harm­ful sub­s­tan­ces. His­to­ric charm in har­mo­ny with con­tem­pora­ry stan­dards of com­fort and technology.

Archi­tec­tu­re and inte­rior design: Ber­schnei­der + Berschneider

Archi­tects BDA + inte­rior designers

Award for Archi­tec­tu­re
Plan­ned and exe­cu­t­ed, Munich 2016