Valerio Olgiati - Atelier Bardill, Scharans 2007 (previously, more on the facade ornament, and subtilitas’ first post). Located on the site of a former barn, strict historical regulations mandated that the new building occupy the same volume as the original structure. Since the client, a musical composer, only wanted to use the space as a studio and small retreat, the excess square footage required would have been cost-prohibitive to build and excessive to occupy. As a resolution, concrete walls were poured to match the shape of the existing barn, and habitable spaces, including sleeping quarters and a working room, were pushed to one side of the site. The leftover area of the footprint is devoted to a large open air courtyard, framed by a circular cut-out above. The design not only satisfies historical regulations, but creates an unexpected and sublime space for quiet contemplation. Images via Sander Luckers.