The Patria dates back to the 14th century but only traces of original medieval vaults remain from then. Following a devastating fire in the 18th century, the remainder was rebuilt as a classical city Palace. Further changes were made in the 20th century, resulting in a complex structure requiring rationalisation in our design. And at the same time, the historic part of the complex needed careful restoration as a protected monument.
The building complex has now been transformed into 6 luxury apartments, a corner house and a ground floor commercial space. In the design, historic character was always considered but there was also room for complete new parts like a remarkable copper alloy facade. To accentuate the new architecture we chose brass, alongside white render forming a transition between the old and the new. Although brass is a traditional material – and reflects the copper used on ancient churches in the nearby area – here it is used in a contemporary way. Over time, the brass will become matt and will change beautifully. The existing, classical facade was restored and fully painted white, and architectural LED lighting enhances the facades in a subtle way.