Rusina Frei
architects

Rusina Frei
architects

Wooden house in Mohren, Switzerland

Architect: Martin Rusina, Marcela Steinbachová
Cooperation: Martin Hart, Linda Kolomazníková, AED project, Robert Marte
Client: Arkasana SA
Location: Mohren - Reute AR, Switzerland
Contractor: Graf Bau – Rehetobel, Hubert Fenster - Herisau
Floor area: 111m2
Volume: 1300m3
Construction: 2013 - 2014
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

Wooden house in Mohren, Switzerland

Architect: Martin Rusina, Marcela Steinbachová
Cooperation: Martin Hart, Linda Kolomazníková, AED project, Robert Marte
Client: Arkasana SA
Location: Mohren - Reute AR, Switzerland
Contractor: Graf Bau – Rehetobel, Hubert Fenster - Herisau
Floor area: 111m2
Volume: 1300m3
Construction: 2013 - 2014
Photographs: Filip Šlapal

A new wooden house with a beautiful view of the Rhine valley replaces the traditional alpine buildings, destroyed by fire. The assignment was to create a modern multipurpose house that will serve a wider family and will meet both the demanding requirements of local conservation care and the investor’s ideas about environmentally friendly architecture.
The new house is based on the original situation and context and in a contemporary way develops the traditional architecture of the Swiss region of Appenzell. The southern facades are glazed in this area and the windows are folded into horizontal lines, the other facades are more closed and mostly covered with shingles or wood-paneled windows with windows as needed. Above the windows, a slight overhang is typical of this region, and the new wooden window frames interpret this detail.
The house uses as much as possible natural materials and friendly production technologies. Lining, lining and ledges made of larch wood build on the rich tradition of woodworking in local traditional architecture. The house was partly built by local craftsmen, but a large part of the interiors are done by the investor himself.