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