Kirchplatz: Fresh Update for 18th-Century Farmhouse

This 18th-century farmhouse-turned-office is now the coolest building on the block. Located in Basel, Switzerland, this traditional structure, originally built in 1743, has been reimagined, with special attention to its carbon footprint, by a dream team of architects, the Swiss studio Huesler Architekten and the American firm Oppenheim Architecture + Design out of Miami, Florida.

The nearly 3000 sq. ft. of office space is beautiful and open with clean lines and uncomplicated design that relies heavily on wood and exposed beams. The windows and skylights flood the mostly white space with light and make this building highly conducive to productivity. In addition to the workspace, the Kirchplatz Office and Residence offers a meeting room for the community, a spacious studio perfect for corporate events, and a private residence measuring over 3000 sq. ft.

[quote] Sustainable features of the project include use of current … energy efficiency construction standards, solar roof panels, reclaimed wood used for the façade, and the restoration of existing architectural elements where possible.” [/quote]