AllesWirdGut's tasteful repurposing of an old farmhouse in Burgenland
Repurposing industrial buildings has been around in the architectural thinking for a while now; art institutions, commercial spaces, multi-functional complexes were born out from brownfields. But still, such developments are typical only of urban landscapes, and agricultural buildings are neglected for some reason. Hence it is refreshing to see a an example of when a derelict rural structure is given new life.
An old historic farm estate, previously used for dairy manufacturing, has been standing abandoned for decades near Trausdorf, in the Burgenland area of Austria. In 2012, the Esterházy Foundation organised a design competition, awaiting plans for the repurpose and conversion of the agricultural complex. The winning entry, by architectural office AllesWirdGut, was finally put into realisation when the construction work of the first phase started in 2015. It constituted of turning a farmhouse, originally used as the servants’ quarters, into an event space for the nearby Esterházy Winery. The architectural work was done by AllesWirdGut, while studio Mobimenti was tasked with the interior design.
From the outside, apart from the beautiful and careful restoration of the sandstone walls,no major changes are traceable. The building’s simple gabled shape was kept, preserving its harmony with the typical Burgenland architecture. In the inside, however, all walls were removed; where several separate apartments used to stand, now there is one huge, elongated, airy space, ideal for hosting a wide range of events.
The service areas (like kitchen, cloakroom, toilets) are cut off with charcoal grey wooden bodies, that complement well the rustic simplicity of the rest of the interior. The space is characterised by the use of black and white colours, along the muted tones of the natural materials present: sandstone, red, dark brown add a bit of a movement to the bright space.
Photos: Guilherme Silva Da Rosa
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