The resurrection of „The Beautiful corner” – A gift to our home town
It all started with a sales sign coincidentally discovered while driving by. This brief moment, a fraction of a second, was not only intended to shape the years that followed, but also to mark a new beginning for the dilapidated and old half-timbered house. „The Beautiful Corner” was given a new life and out of gratitude, the building now shines splendidly with it’s old charm in new splendor.
It quickly was established that the whole project was not a renovation in a traditional sense, but an ecological restoration. In a society surrounded by plastics, we often lose sight of sustainability. We tear apart, we build new, fly materials in and all of this in record speed. Time is money, and nobody wants to lose it, but save it exclusively. But what we intend to forget is that an old masonry tells its own centuries-old and above all proven history which should not be overwritten – it should be told!
Ecologically and local instead of plastic materials
Many generations before have put their treasure of knowledge into the existing building fabric and all of that without long delivery routes, exotic wood or other unnecessary refinements. In order to continue the whole structure, which has now been preserved for a proud 300 years, the idea arose to maintain the existing: rebirth instead of demolition. Thus, one worked against a classic profit pursuit and listened to the old house – it’s history, it’s substance.
Only natural insulation materials were used, as well as old building materials from a radius of 1km from the region, granite steps brought in from the Harz quarry, as well as the half-timbered wood comes from the Harz. Step by step „The Beautiful Corner” was breathed in new life and so not only a Wernigeröder half-timbered house with a positive energy balance was created, but rather a statement. The house was planned to be a message – a love message to our home town, a signal to the modern world and a tribute to the craft.