Klosterhof Salaplauna Initally trained as a carpenter and cabinet-maker, the architect also designed a series of houses aimed at combining traditional constructions with modern detailing. How can they be transformed for new kinds of use to meet the requirements of the present time? Photography is by Lucia Degonda. I pose a question to myself what those old architectural systems may give us.
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Klosterhof Salaplauna Initally trained as a carpenter and cabinet-maker, the architect also designed a series of houses aimed at combining traditional constructions with modern detailing. How can they be transformed for new kinds of use to meet the requirements of the present time?
Photography is by Lucia Degonda. I pose a question to myself what those old architectural systems may give us. Where is the substance of those constructions? How can they be transformed for the new kinds use to meet the requirements of the present time?
It is always the matter of discussion and a new development. I believe that it is the core of tradition of the entire village. In the late s, Caminada appeared with a project of improving the development and functioning of the village. And Vrin became the place that Caminada focused a major part of his lifelong effort on. People stopped moving away, and a number of communal and private buildings, as well as modern farming constructions enabling a contemporary manner of cultivating land, were built.
All of this was achieved without a conflict with the traditional nature of the village. Traditions and the cultural heritage were linked with new, up-to-date needs. Another proof of the well-chosen way is that Vrin was the first village to be awarded the Wakker Prize of the Swiss Heritage Society.
It is happy and beautiful only if the tension between tradition and modern ways bring attractive solutions and if its function is linked with a way of life.
He uses contemporary means to imprint a traditional appearance to the Alpine environment. However, at the same time, he admits that architecture is becoming a political issue to an increasing degree. The designer has to overcome a number of obstacles related to politics.
This is what he partly views as the weak point of contemporary architecture, which has forgotten to solve problems. He characterises it as the domesticated countryside. However, is he convinced that proceeding in the opposite direction is correct. He assumes that this way would, on the contrary bring about an increase in the number of abandoned villages.
He is very particular about tradition and continuity in his work, not only about the picture. His constructions communicate in a comprehensible language, giving priority to their own function. It places a great emphasis on details while studying further possibilities of traditional constructions and trying to find ways towards a perfect model of the timbered house. Berghuette Terri We can talk about architecture with a reflection of the original culture, with respect to a particular place, which is not only a romantic area, but also a countryside with whims of the weather.
At this venue, it deals with a particular architectonic object to a lesser extent, but gives more attention to the idea of how a place could be strengthened in its broadest reality. First, he learned the trade of carpenter and cabinet maker and then he attended a school of applied arts.
After gaining experience on his travels he graduated from the ETH Zurich, the Department of Architecture, where he currently works as a professor. In the late s, he returned to his native village of Vrin, founded his own office, and is also politically active there.
Most of his realised works that focus on optimising the functioning of the village are situated at Vrin and its surroundings. He is interested in discussions with the local building tradition, and seeks possibilities of employing old building constructions in modern architecture. To realise his constructions he uses traditional local materials wood and stone.
Ilanz wurde zum regionalen Zentrum der Surselva. Wir sind im Entwurf bewusst von einem Raum und nicht von einem Platz ausgegangen. In deren Beziehung wird das in der Regel chaotische Dazwischen relativiert. Es fehlte die Sicht auf ein Gemeinwohl. Eine unterlassene Planung und eine kommerzielle Kraft waren die entscheidenden Verursacher.
Gion A. Caminada