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Cowshed Wildenstein // Stähelin Architekten

Bubendorf, Switzerland

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The historic ensemble of Wildenstein is integrated in the castle heritage area from the 13th century. During the years the site was extended with different typological constructions incorporated in a strong landscape environment. The strategy for the project was developed around 3 different protection layers: existing nature elements, cultural landscape and existing classified monuments.

© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher

Reacting to this special condition, the site was redesigned with a new building – a cowshed – that extends and reinterprets the existing farmyard context. The new building introduces a “closer” dialogue with the surroundings, incorporating at the same time the current requirements of the organic agricultural production. The scale of the intervention reinforces the existing alignments and landscape elements creating a new „constellation“ on the site.

© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher

The new volume generates different yards in between the existing buildings, merging the functional needs of the agro-production and, at the same time, introducing distinguishable atmospheres for the ensemble.

The building develops as a set of structural wooden frames that create rhythms and space hierarchies. The floor plan is ruled with a strategic metric to define all interior spaces merging the “domestic” atmosphere (for the cows) with the existing landscape.
The long facades are designed as an open wooden frame that incorporates references to traditional and rural wood ornament.

© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher

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© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher

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