Close to the centre of Solothurn, hidden in quiet and green surroundings, lies a historic family home. Several extensions and extensive remodelling during the fifties and the sixties left the house as a composition of different styles and scorn with remembrances of the previous inhabitants. It was the clients wish to modernise the house while still honouring the history of the building.
Due to the overall size it was decided to divide the house into two apartments. The landscape encases the lower floor on one side, thus giving both floors opposing directions. This provides privacy to the young family on the upper floor and the new inhabitant on the lower floor.
A radial renovation was outlined to modernise the building. One of the outdated elements was the layout of the living areas. The walls that separated the kitchen, dining room and living room where demolished to create one joint living space. The architect collaborated closely with the client to design several built-in sideboards that subdivide the living area while also providing much needed storage space. With the addition of these elements the new open living space feels connected, yet offers the inhabitants different areas to dwell in.
The few historical details in the interior have been restored or updated- such as the build in wardrobes, the fireplace and the hand carved wooden door. The exterior of the building received only the necessary alterations. The old windows where replaced and some enlarged to increase the daylight in the rooms on the lower floor. A binary facade was added to accentuate the newly added second apartment.