This vacation home is located in Corippo, Switzerland. It has a very distinctive appearance with a rugged stone clad exterior, an incomplete roofline and a strong rustic feel. You might think it looks like an old barn and you’d be spot on. This was formerly an animal barn originally built in 1850. It was converted into a modern holiday home by Atelier Rafael Schmid Architects. The project was challenging, especially given the limited space the team had to work with.
The barn house has a total area of 68 square meters on two levels. As expected, there is a very strong contrast between the interior and the exterior of the building. The exterior has been preserved as much as possible, of course with certain modifications and additions. However, the interior has been completely redesigned to become a suitable living space.
The interior reveals a pure and simple collection of spaces. The living and dining area are combined into one and a staircase, which also serves as a storage room, gives access to the private area of the house where the sleeping area is located. There is very little color inside and all the walls are white, while the floor, ceiling and furniture are made of wood with a natural light finish. This helps create a light and airy interior and balances out the small windows. The house is also very interesting because it is completely self-supporting. It has solar panels on the roof that generate all the necessary energy and it draws water from a natural spring that is very close by.