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An 85 m2 converted under the roofs of an old farm

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Direction Föhr, one of the Frisian Islands of the North Sea, where attics of a traditional house have been converted by the architects Francesco di Gregorio and Karin Matz. With inexpensive materials and creativity, they imagined a holiday apartment, functional and friendly. 4 months of work later and the attic revive: light, cozy rooms, tiling the traditional way wall and blue wire structure as a common thread, this renovation has something to surprise ! Visit.

Föhr is a small, little-inhabited German island in the winter, but it gets busy in the summer with the arrival of holidaymakers, nature lovers and the sea in search of a relaxing holiday. This old thatched farm, located in the village of Alkersum, belongs to a Swedish family that goes there every summer. In recent years, the family has grown with the arrival of grandchildren and space was running out. The owner then decides to build the attic of this holiday home. This is one of his daughters, architect, who takes care of the work with another architect, Italian. Their work ? Create an independent apartment by optimizing the space to install as many rooms as possible, while giving the maximum area to living rooms.

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Francesco di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

The development project in brief

Idea: Transform the attic of a cottage into a contemporary apartment with a relaxed style.

Area : 85 m2.

Location: Föhr (Germany).

Works duration : 4 months.

Architects: Francesco di Gregorio, [email protected] and Karin Matz, [email protected]

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Francesco di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Architects' commitment to the new layout

Architect Karin Matz: "We decided to renovate the attic of this authentic Frisian house in a contemporary way while inspiring us with the traditional interiors of the region such as the ceramic pavers that cover the walls of the dining rooms, bed-closets, dark rooms ".

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Francesco di Gregorio & Karin Matz

The natural lighting of this garret 15 meters long and 5.5 meters wide was not very generous. The architects decided to reserve the brightest places in the living rooms. They created a new volume with a wooden structure to accommodate the three bedrooms. Two of them are lit by sitting dogs. They install a false ceiling throughout the housing, only the pinion side has kept its height and its apparent frame.

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

In terms of materials, the whole house is made of pine: the floor, the paneling on the walls of the rooms, the shelves, the beds with their built-in storage and the kitchen furniture. The unity of colors in the living room: parquet, armchairs, low sideboard, chairs and table enhances the simplicity of the architecture.

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Tiling on the walls of the living room, inspired by the local tradition

A painting rising inside a Frisian dining room tiled with painted ceramic tiles.

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

In the 17th century, a sailing school was founded on the island of Föhr and many inhabitants of the island became captains of ships. They began to travel to new countries and brought back from Asia the tradition of ceramics. On the Frisian Islands, hand-decorated ceramic pavers were made, which the Frisians hung on the walls of their dining rooms. It was a sign of wealth to completely cover its walls with ceramic pavers.

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Ceramic detail 10x10 cm and ceramic detail with circular hole made by hand.

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

The architects were inspired by this tradition. To unify the space, they had the idea to cover the central partition of the apartment with 3200 white ceramic tiles, drilled in their middle. They made themselves the central circular hole of each tile. Using a blue coating, to fix the ceramics to the walls, the hole becomes tinted. This long, bright white wall has the advantage of reflecting light.

Cocoon rooms imagined in this project of development of the attic

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

In Föhr, people slept in bed-closets (beds enclosed in a cupboard cabinet). To install as many rooms as possible, the architects were inspired by this custom. The rooms are small intimate spaces with simple and integrated furniture. The doors are made of polycarbonate to let in the light, they are sliding and disappear into the partition so as not to clutter the space. The master bedroom has its own sink and is equipped with a wardrobe. The pine paneling and furniture are painted in a dark blue-green gradient, again, the architects were inspired by the local tradition: the rooms were dark.

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Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

The third bedroom is a minimal space, deprived of windows. This is a modern interpretation of the bed-clos. A small opening is placed in height, another gives on the living room to let the air circulate, when it is hot. It is also the favorite place for children who like to play the market, with this small window at their height.

500 meters of blue polypropylene wire to make an overhead railing

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz

To protect the stairwell, the architects imagined a guardrail made of stretched blue polypropylene wire. It is an inexpensive, original solution that does not obscure the view and lets the light through. This balustrade has the advantage of not cluttering the space. The architects installed it themselves, with a rudimentary hooking system.

Francesco Di Gregorio

Karin Matz

Francesco di Gregorio & Karin Matz

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