We know not to judge a book by its cover, or in this case a home by its exterior. This 200-year-old stone house in Linescio, Switzerland certainly proves that better than most anything we’ve seen. Even as you walk around the outside and see the crumbling stone walls right in front of your face, you’d have a hard time believing it was recently renovated. That’s because it was only renovated on the inside.


Buchner Bründler Architekten completed this unique restoration that basically involved building a home within a home. They left the exterior more or less untouched, and built a fresh interior shell using a minimalist design approach. While the outside still retains the rugged stones that made up the original walls, the inside now has fresh concrete surfaces and modern finishes throughout. Each concrete slab was carefully brought inside and assembled; tall wood shutters fold open to reveal the original window frames, a new bathtub was sunk into the concrete floor, and a single slab was used for the kitchen counter.












      • It's Switzerland. You don't need things to be kept cool. You need warmth. And this place obviously doesn't have that. It also doesn't look like it has a working kitchen, so I'm thinking it's really just a show place for architects.

  1. Looks great, but concrete has extremely high embodied energy — would like it SOOOO much better if it was done with native, wood or other natural substance.

    • to Brad, I appreciate the aesthetics and do like the contrast and general concept but agree wood would have been my preferred material both for tactility and the reasons you state.

  2. A home that offers the perfect combination of historical rustic along with modern industral all wrapped up in one. I love it.

  3. The concrete and stone are way too austere and cold looking. I would need a lot of color and the warmth of finished wood and rugs to make it feel like a home. But, you're right, there is an amazing difference between the outside and the inside.

  4. Like it very much. A bit too minimalistic for my taste. This could get cold is flooring heated and what other style of heating is used. Would be nice to see floor plan for overall look.

  5. I think that there is an insulation layer (at least it should be there) between the wood structure and the concrete. Probably they re-mounted the original wood parts on top of the new building in order to pour concrete in properly (and this is not really sustainable!). Since the new house is a dig into the ground, reinforced concrete was probably the only solution possible, but it might hardly be an opportunity for recycled concrete. In regard to a furhter timber structure, let me say that even though concrete is not the best sustainable technology, timber is not so easy to recycle, due to industrial tratment. In any case I do not think that this project was designed by means of sustainable strategies whatsoever

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