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From a ruin to zero-energy balance house

CompanyFelix Partner Architektur Und Design
Lead DesignersPeter Felix
Design TeamRahel M. Felix, Patrick Sprecher
Project LocationLatsch GR, Switzerland
CreditsThomas Aus der Au
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Sustainable Living/Green, Gold in Architecture Categories / Renovation, Gold in Architecture Categories / Residential Building
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Entry Description

This project gave us an opportunity to preserve a protected specimen of historical architecture in great need of restoration. We adapted the 350-year-old house to modern-day living requirements and transformed it into a zero-energy balance house without destroying its charm. All improvements are clearly visible and limited to exposed concrete, larch wood as well as black steel and glass. A photovoltaic system and solar panels collect solar energy. Surplus energy collected in summer is stored in the rock via the geothermal probe and can then be used as a climate-neutral energy source in winter.

Other Awards and Prizes

– Best of Best, Iconic Awards 2020 – Innovative Architecture
– Special Mention, German Design Award 2021 – Excellent Architecture – Interior Architecture