04 June 2008

The best of both: Melding the old architecture and the new

I have always admired the talent and restraint that some architects use when presented with a project that involves working with a preexisting structure. Here are just a few examples of mixing the ancient (or at least old) and the new, that I think are beautifully done. – GF

1 – Devanthery & Lamuniere: Suite alpestre, Grange-écurie au Val d'Hérens, Evolène VS - CH, exterior and interior; 2 – Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler: Alphütte Blattistafel near Gstaad, CH exterior and interior; 3 – Laurent Savioz: dwelling, Chamoson, CH, exterior and interior.


Plossville said...

I am torn by what is defined by modern vs contemporary. Are these wonderful examples of adaptive use modern as embraced by the H5 and others or just really cool contemporaries?

What would Noyes, Lee, Breuer, Johnson and Gores think about adaptive use (or re-use)?

Just a question.

As far as adaptive re-use one of my favorites is Maya Lin's Langston Hughes Library at Alex Haley Farm ( http://www.materialicio.us/2008/04/25/langston-hughes-library-maya-lin/ ) It's really cool.


Tom Andersen + Gina Federico said...

Skip -- We agree it's tough to label them. Gina was just saying the other day that we started a "modern house blog" and yet the stuff she writes about really has little to do with modernism in the mid-century modern sense. She implored me to find something about the Harvard Five to write about, to re-establish our credentials (which I did, today, by luck).

Of course labels are just labels. The stuff Gina writes about and is interested in is essentially good design with a modern sensibility. Call it what you will.

We loved the Alex Haley barn too, by the way. I mentioned it in a post back in late April. -- Tom Andersen