Steimle Architekten, library in Kressbronn (Germany)
Photos: Brigida González
The Stuttgart practice of Thomas Steimle and Christine Steimle turned a barn into a library and community center for Kressbronn, a locality on the German side of Lake Constance. Because of the farm building's history, ingrained as it is in the memory of people in the neighborhood, the renovation involved simple, precise interventions pursuing a balance of old and new. Between the pitched roof with overhanging eaves and the new concrete base, a screen of vertical wooden louvers set at varying angles replaces the original facade, shielding large glass panels that give the interiors daylight.
The traditional division of barns into two levels was maintained in organizing the new uses of the building, which has a floor area of 860 square meters. The ground level is designed as a divisible multipurpose hall and upstairs is the library.
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