Linz-Land, Upper Austria
HISTORY AND TASK
HOF G is a classic square farm that has undergone a constant readjustment of familiar and proven structures over generations. The young family is following this tradition and is pursuing the path of a natural but contemporary continuation of the existing structures in the sense of a harmonious overall ensemble: a stable and appropriate use in the specific context of location and task:
In addition to the classic, still active, field economy, the potential of the existing historical structures was recognised two decades ago and carefully adapted to create an atmospheric venue for festivities. This was to be complemented by a room that could be used individually, allowing seminars to be held and also providing a setting for weddings.
The living area and the outdoor area were completely modernised in terms of functionality and thermal insulation. In addition to preserving the identity of the building, the logistical separation between public and private areas was a key parameter of the project.
The former press house, which had been inactive for years, was assigned to the public area as a multifunctional space. The clear structure and well-proportioned beauty of the typological, square floor plan and the two-storey room section were restored, uncovered and strengthened in character. The rhythmic arrangement of the windows creates a consistent clarity and archaic, natural lighting. The installation of the serving rooms is covered with mirrors in order to blend into the existing building. The minimal lighting equipment is an analogy of the geometric rhythm.
The living area continues the concept of typological continuity. The historic floor plan and its classic division into entrance area - through house - and the adjoining kitchen and parlour have been retained in their functional arrangement. The adjoining rooms have been combined to create a spacious, contemporary living space. The formerly vacant storage area on the upper floor was converted into a children's wing, which can be separated into a separate flat for efficient subsequent use. Here as well, the strength of the existing building plays the main architectural role: The historic wooden beam ceiling spans this area in its entirety. The fixtures and fittings are built in timber frame construction with spruce surfaces to tie in with the existing construction method.
The entire house floor and the former press house were completely renovated and the floor structures completely renewed. The majority of the static structures were preserved or upgraded. When choosing the materials, value was placed on sustainability and building traditions rooted in the region. All new fixtures were gently integrated into the existing building as a timber frame construction without affecting the existing structure. The central supply concept of the building ensemble follows the responsible utilisation of existing resources and is obtained as wood chips from our own forest. A photovoltaic system is currently being installed.