With this object not only the architecture and interior architecture come from one source, but the entire draft and execution planning, the project management, the construction supervision on site, the manufacturing in Hausham as well as the assembly on the building site: Eham has accompanied this owner from the concept to the turnkey house.
But how to create a house of well-being from only four still more-or-less standing outer walls? It was clear that as much as possible of the existing substance should be preserved, complemented by materials typical for the region.
The renovation was carried out with great care. The joints of the old bricks were laboriously uncovered. The masonry was cleaned and made visible. To allow us to continue to feel its history. Today, these traces of time entice touching, leaning against, one wants to sense them. These thick walls seem solid and warm.
Everything that was newly added should on the one hand be statically appropriate for the earthquake-prone area. But on the other hand, also be functionally visible and form a new framework for the old. Concrete was chosen for ceilings and floors, walls, stairs, parapets and fireplace. Processed, poured and spackled on site in visual quality. In-situ concrete forgives nothing. Cleanly processed, it holds back and leaves the field to the existing masonry – which now newly framed – shows itself in the whole beauty of its structure.
The furniture is reduced to the essentials. A wooden stool, a light chair, a simple kitchen unit whose visible finger prongs show the quality of craftsmanship. Few accessories, discreet lighting, simple curtains. Nothing unnecessary distracts from the feeling of comprehensive security of this house. Strict building regulations had to be fulfilled, in particular the house had to be statically suitable for the earthquake-prone area. A lot of modern technology was integrated into the house, such as a water cistern.
The Sepphaus has stood in this place for centuries and blends naturally into its surroundings. As if it had never been destroyed. It just fits; one literally feels the warmth of the place and hears the crickets chirping.
2019, remodelling, Mediterranean
Interior architecture: Eham
Photography: Sofie Latour