Woodcarving Workshop – A Window to the Hinterland
- Grindelwald, Bern, Switzerland
- Transformation of the old UBS bank by a combination of a workshop and a cafe.
- The present extension of the chalet towards the backside is replaced by a new wooden structure out of spruce wood. The construction follows a clear joining method which is applied steadily from the back facade to the front facade. It creates a union of the traditional with the modern, in an intervention that is both functional and symbolic.
- The workshop opens up to the outside with two big folding doors to create a smooth transition supporting the working process. Inside, in an over height room the wood carving is happening. The shop space is connected to the workshop by a traditional crafted wooden staircase. It is opened up to the Hinterland by unveiling the bearing steel structure.