The brief for this guesthouse project consisted of the renovation of an old building in the central square of Valendas and the construction of a new annex over the ruins of an adjacent stable, now derelict and unusable. The project basically includes a community functions room, a gourmet restaurant and eight guest rooms. The new wing not only forms a functional unit with the historic building, but is also an integral architectural ensemble in its own right that aids the legibility of the different historic periods that have influenced the site. We wanted the old and new parts of the guesthouse to influence but not contrast with each other. The lime render on the old and new parts helps to blend space and time into a single whole.
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Commissioned by ‘El Croquis’ publishers:
El Croquis N. 210/211 Gion A. Caminada. Identity, Autonomy and Resonance.
Gion Caminada was born in Vrin, Switzerland, in 1957. After working as an apprentice carpenter in Vrin, he attended a school of applied arts in Zurich and an art school in Florence prior to completing his postgraduate studies in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He has had his own architectural practice in Vrin since 1986. In 1998 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the ETH Zurich, where he was Associate Professor of Architecture and Design from 2008 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been a Full Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich.
Semi-hard cover – 376 pages
24 x 34 cm – 2,5 Kg