Haus V&W

Cham, CH
200 m²
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Renovation of a historic listed building

direct commission

Civil engineer - Meichtry & Widmer

The former laundry and bakery of the Reformed Church of Cham is on the listed buildings of Canton Zug and is today one of the buildings of cultural interest in the town of Cham. In 2005, the building was converted to residential use, with a total renovation and extension to maximise the usable floor space and to adapt the existing structure to its new function. In an exercise of pure real estate investment, a neutral renovation was carried out in order to bring the new spatial configuration closer to the taste of a wide public.

After the acquisition of the property by our clients and after some time installed in the house, the need arises to adapt the house to the specific needs of a young family with two children, within a flexible work context, in which remote work is part of everyday life. After an initial analysis and a joint reflection with the clients, we decided to act punctually both on the entrance floor and in the attic. In this way we were able to adapt the house to the clients' needs and carry out the work in two phases, so that they did not have to relocate during the work.

On the entrance level, we decided to reduce the generous bathroom to a minimum in favour of the master bedroom, without reducing comfort. In the newly gained space we created a dressing room, which acts as a threshold between the bathroom and the bedroom. The built-in wardrobe is the new spatial and acoustic separation between the entrance area and the bedroom, as well as between the bedroom and the bathroom. This creates a new zoning in the master bedroom with sleeping area, dressing room and en suite bathroom. The new colour palette with light surfaces and natural materials maximises the incidence of light in the small rooms and creates a warm and cosy atmosphere.

In the attic a new world is created for the children, with two similar bedrooms, a new shower and a walk-in closet. The living space in the attic is now occupied by the two offspring. The rooms, adapted to the size of the children, offer space for the little ones to develop and play together, while providing privacy for individual activities. Built-in wardrobes provide storage space for clothes and toys, and the furniture can be adapted as the children grow. The double bedroom doors - when open - create a fluid space that allows the two to play together and - when closed - provide privacy for individual learning.

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