Masterful "patchwork" in the Bavarian Forest! Architect Peter Haimerl is both a preservationist and an innovator. His multi-award-winning buildings, such as the Blaibach concert hall, are unconventional, full of character and go beyond conventional architecture. One focus of his work is building in existing structures. Haimerl preserves the history of the old buildings and at the same time leads them into the future. Instead of concealing the decay, he emphasises the fragile condition and adds a new aspect. He works with contrasts and modern materials - radical and subtle at the same time. 

In his home region, the Bavarian forest, Peter Haimerl has transformed an old forest dwelling into an architectural statement.  Situated in a forest clearing between a farmhouse and a granite quarry, the building from 1839, a wooden block structure with a granite base, was half in ruins.The mossy granite blocks surrounding the house provided the inspiration for the remodelling.Haimerl translated them into 43 x 43 centimetre concrete blocks of varying lengths.These fill the gaps in the dilapidated building, support old beams and build on the dilapidated structure of the former stable and barn.

Everything that could be preserved, such as weathered wooden shingles and raw granite walls, remained. The rough, original design of the exposed concrete bridges the gap between new and old materials.Large glass surfaces positioned between the concrete beams convey a sense of lightness and connect the house with nature.The windows with unusual contours - they have different length gradations within one edge - and the doors were also made as prototypes especially for the house.

The sculptural impression of the house continues inside. The rooms are left raw and original, old and new intertwine, views and visual axes offer interesting perspectives.The 180 square metre house has three bedrooms.The layout of the rooms corresponds to that of the old house: the parlour with stove is located in the former living area, a pantry has been created in the potato cellar and the bathroom is located in the former stable. The concrete bars become part of the furnishings as a corner bench, kitchen unit or washbasin. It's all architecture. That's all it needs!