Zürich-based architectural practice, with the forename origins of its two founders, Daniel Abraha and Stephan Achermann was established in 2010. Ever since then, Atelier Abraha Achermann gained the trust of the public and successfully pursues further projects in the field of architecture. To give an example of it, we will take a closer look on their superb design accomplished in Münchwilen, Switzerland.
Refurbishment and Extension of a Listed Courthouse was carried out between 2012 - 2014. The architects restored and extended historic court building dating back to the early twentieth century, due to strict heritage-conservation specifications with a spectacular effect.
While preventing all the regulations, the team of Atelier Abraha Achermann aimed to add a new modern quality to the former building and adjust the new volume to its aged adjacent neighbor. Newly built construction with its house-shaped strong geometrical form refers to the existing architecture, at the same time stands out well of the site. To reach the cohesion of both parts, the architects based also on a deliberate selection of materials.„A hybrid construction of concrete and wood seeks the dialogue to the traditional structure of the existing building, which is a hybrid of wooden beams and hourdis ceilings. A sundial is facing south around a circle- formed window, behind which the social space of the staff is located,” they explain.
Worth mentioning is the inner space design, which features harmonious and cozy spaces along with a great focus on the details. The subdued colors were broken, yet with great sophistication, by blue which covers some walls, introducing a feeling of freshness and delicacy.