Originally built in the 60s, the residential house ‘Hohlen’ located in Austria, has been renovated by the architect Jochen Specht and his namesake office which is rooted in Dornbirn, Austria the same as the project itself. It is actually not really a renovation of the previous building because the building was not structurally sound despite the massive walls.
The needs of the clients has changed over time, such as the desire for a lot more space, so the architects decided to restore the building in its framing and give it a second shell made entirely out of wood. A visible contrast to the existing, massive walls which are now facing light wooden frames with big windows.
The cubature of this home itself was kept quite simple but with its gabled roof it fits the surroundings well.
A quite interesting gimmick is the use of the previous openings of the former facade as gangways. They made them come alive. So there is a second strong connection between the old and the new beside the spatious rooms these two shells span.
© All photographs taken by Adolf Bereuter.