New Life for a Peat Shed, Schechen, Germany

In Kolbermoor the clients rescued a historic peat barn that was in danger of demolition and disposal. The barn was dismantled, repairs undertaken throughout and then reassembled 15 km away in Schechen. The building fits seamlessly into its new context next to the station. Through the addition of a new highly insulated building shell, the barn becomes a home and workshop for basket weaving.

The new interior and exterior walls out of timber, cellulose and earth are slightly offset from the historic structure to make the different building phases clearly legible. The generated form brings the living and working areas together without a direct access between them.

A higher insulation standard and the regenerative wood burning heating system make the house a model for sustainable building. The improvement and re-use of a historic structure shows the potential contained in historic timber buildings. The utilised natural materials afford a comfortable and healthy interior climate and minimise use of fossil resources.

Stefanie and Emmanuel Heringer

Usable floor area
259 sq m (heated), 229 sq m (unheated)

Annual primary energy requirement
38% of EnEV (2009) reference building 

first construction phase 12/2013

Architect, Sustainability and energy concept
Roswag Architekten
with Guntram Jankowski (LP 1–5)

Structural Engineer, Earth Building Consultancy
Ziegert | Seiler Ingenieure

Fritz Bender Baupreises 2016
GEPLANT + AUSGEFÜHRT (Honorary Mention)
Das Goldene Haus 2016 (Extra Price)
National Competition „HolzbauPlus 2016“ (Special Mention)


'Nächster Halt: Alte Torfremise'
published in the series: 'Neue Häuser', Frankfurter Allgemeine

Baunetzwoche #484: In Zukunft Holz
Dossier: Additive Ehrlichkeit – Holz und die Schönheit im Detail sowie HolzBauPlus 2016

Pilz A.: Umzug ins Dorf – Neubau in historischer Torfremise, published in: greenBUILDING, Edition 06/2016 (#76)

IG Bauernhaus: Wohnen und arbeiten in der Torfremise, published in: Der Holznagel, Edition 5/2016, P.52–53

Jung K.: Unsere verpflanzte Scheune, published in: Das Haus, Edition 11/2016, P. 16

Pilz A.: Energetische Durchdringung, published in: Energie Kompakt, Edition 05/16, P. 12–14

Bachmann W., Moormann, N. H.: HÄUSER DES JAHRES 2016 – Die 50 besten Einfamilienhäuser 2016, Callwey, München 2016, ISBN 978-3-7667-2249-2

Architektouren 2016
25th and 26th June 2016

german-architects: Naturbaustoffe in der Architektur – Holz, Lehm, Stroh

Pilz, A.: Lehm in historischer Torfremise, published in: ausbau+fassade, Edition 06/2016, P. 22–24

Exhibition 'Architecture of Necessity'
from 15th May to 4th December 2016, Viserum Art Museum, Sweden
Exhibition catalogue: VÄLKOMMEN TILL FRAMTIDEN – NÖDVÄNDIGHETENS ARKITEKTUR, published by Virserums Konsthall
18th–20th November 2016, during a conference and exhibition of IO Casa, Riva del Garda, Italy

'DAM AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE IN GERMANY 2015 – The 22 best buildings in\from Germany'
Participation with Living and Working in a Peat Shed
from 30th January to 5th August 2016, German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main
Exhibition Opening on 29th January 2016, 7.00 pm.

Exhibition at the Internationalen Handwerksmesse in Hall B2
in the area FOKUS.GESUND BAUEN from the 24th February – 1st March 2016

Pilz A.: Historische Torfremise – Holzbauwerk neu aufgeschlagen, published in: Wohnung + Gesundheit, Edition Nr. 158/2016, P. 6–8

Schmal P. C., Gräwe C., Förster Y. (Ed.): German Architecture Annual 2015/16, Prestel Verlag, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-7913-5478-1

archimappublishers – Kaiser Peters Wormuth GbR: New Life for a Peat Shed, published in: Archipendium 2016, Sheet 27.02.2016

internationaler Preis für nachhaltiges Sanieren und Bauen in den Alpen'

Touring exhibition of 'CONSTRUCTIVE ALPS 2015':
31st October 2015 – 10th January 2016, Alpines Museum der Schweiz, Bern
Hochparterre Special Issue, November 2015: 'Constructive Alps
International award for sustainable renovation and new building in the Alps'
19th November 2015 – 12th December 2015, CTL Centro Tecnologico del Legno, Poschiavo/CH
15th December 2015 – 24th December 2015, MOP (Slowenisches Ministerium für Umwelt und Raumplanung), Ljubljana/SI
18th December 2015 – 28th February 2016, Altes Schulhaus, Valendas/CH
18th December 2015 – 10th January 2016, Contrada Beltramelli, Villa di Tirano/IT
11th January 2016 – Tolmin/SI
25th – 26th January 2016 – Kongresszentrum Brdo bei Kranj/SL
31st January – 21st February 2016 – Zeughaus Teufen/CH
20th February – 20th March 2016 – Cividate Camuno/IT
11st March – 10th April 2016 – Kunsthaus Meran, Meran/IT
18th – 20th March 2016 – Immo Messe Schweiz, St. Gallen/CH
22th March – 11th April 2016 – Universität Liechtenstein, Vaduz/LI
23th March – 04th April 2016 – Rathaus Morbegno/IT
08th April – 15th May 2016 – Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prag/CZ
10th – 14th April 2016 – European Symposium on Diversity in Sustainability, Romania Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bukarest/RO
13th – 29th April 2016 – Infopoint der Alpenkonvention in Domodossola/IT
20th – 24th April 2016 – Schloss Radlovjica (Radovljiška graščina)/SL
27th April – 04th May 2016 – Haus für Kunst und Kultur, Bundeskanzleramt Wien/AT
02th – 10th May 2016 – Hochschule für Ingenieurwesen und Architektur, Freiburg/CH
17th – 29th May 2016 – Sala Zitti, Accademia Tadini, Lovere/IT
23th May – 10th June 2016 – Hochschule für Landschaft, Ingenieurwesen und Architektur hepia Genf/CH
02nd June – 31st August 2016 – Velden am Wörthersee/AT
01st – 31st October 2016 – Bossico/IT
29th September – 31st October2016 – Belluno/IT
10th – 14th October 2016 – AlpenWoche 2016, Grassau/DE

Architektenkammer Berlin (Ed.): BUILDING BERLIN, VOL. 4 – The Latest Architecture in and out of the Capital, Braun Publishing, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-03768-188-6

Friederike M.: Torfstadel Schechen, published in: Bauwelt, Edition 6/2015, P. 24–29

'GREY MATTER – Materials / reuse / architecture'
Participation with Living, Working & Construction Re-Use
from 26th September 2014 to 4th January 2015, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
Exhibition catalogue 'MATIÈRE GRISE – matériaux / réemploi / architecture', 
published by Encore Heureux, architectes

Malte Fuchs, Client and Roswag Architekten