They cast the new cabin on the inside of the old one.
Restoration of old buildings offers many creative opportunities. Old, overdue timber structures give special challenges, but the results are often also very good.
However, someone chooses a completely different solution to correct the fading timber box. They use it as a model to build a whole new cabin. In concrete! The result becomes a cabin with exterior walls that tells the story of the old timber construction that once stood here.
– We did not experience timber as the right construction material for the new cabin in this shady and humid area, “explains Selina Walder to Click.. no. She, together with her colleague Georg Nickisch, has drawn the cabin in the Swiss Alps.
Walder emphasizes that the idea behind the overall renovation was that the site should be perceived as untouched as possible, and that the nature of the surroundings should create associations to a deserted place, a ruin as the memory of past times.
– And from this point of view, the idea of creating a pre-formed copy of the old log cabin.
– Wanted to create a mood
Swiss building legislation sets clear rules for the size of reconstruction of an old building. However, the original building body can be expanded by 30 to 60 percent to accommodate modern facilities. However, this extension must be taken underground.
The cottage is intended for rent to guests who will mainly spend their days in the cabin surroundings. The cabin should therefore only fill the most necessary needs as a place of restitution and protection against wind and weather, but at the same time the cabin should provide good experiences.
– We therefore wanted to provide the cabin with atmospheric qualities, and the entire interior was designed to build up this premise, Walder explains..
The old cottage as a sculpture
Originally, the cabin was an outlet for the local farmers, and together with a similar building right by, they created a form of portal in front of the forest.
The Fusche family only takes 15 minutes to the cabin
The new cabin was located exactly where the old one lay. First the old cabin was lifted away and the lower floor of the new cabin was cast and finished. Secondly, the old cabin was put back in place, but only as a formwork for the new concrete box to be cast.
They cut off all the roof racks and compartments so that the remains of these logs protrude into the side walls and at the top of the two end walls. Then they put the tables in the slips between the logs in the wall, so that the concrete mass did not drain out. Then they built a box inside, and finally it was just filling with concrete.
To make it easier to remove the logs when the concrete had dried, they soaked the wood in water so that it expanded before the concrete was filled in. When the woods dried again, they pulled together and made it easier to remove the logs. That still had to be cut with chainsaw, both longitudinally and crosswise, to make it easier to remove them.
Out of the structure, a concrete box appeared with clear contours and textures after the logs. And where the roof racks and room parts once had been, there were small recesses.
The cabin in Trysil is unrecognizable
Windows and Light
The cottage is divided into two distinctly separated areas. In the basement you will find bedrooms and laundry facilities, while on the first floor you will find the living room with kitchen and fireplace.
Walder says that with the precise use of light, he wanted to emphasize the interior’s intimate atmosphere.
– To create this mood, the interior did not need much light. There was more talk about releasing nature through clear openings.
Inserted grandfather’s kitchen counter from 1945
In the roof there is a round hole that sends the light straight into the fireplace so that when you sit under the hole you can look straight up at the tree tops.
On the lower floor there is a large window in the foot end of the bed and over an oblong washbasin. Outside the window, a stone cliff travels and enhances the rough and rough appearance of the entire cabin.
At the dining area on the first floor there is a square little window, almost like a window to the nature and deer that regularly pours on the open plain at twilight.