Heinz Julen Loft (2001)

The Story

300 m2 of rough concrete, brightened up by a few pieces of furniture, a fireplace set into a glazed bay, a piano, a chandelier, 2 bedrooms and a kitchen with door handles made out of bent soup spoons – all draped in an enormous white curtain which envelops The Loft in purity.

New Alpin Architecture

The Loft, as Michel Clivaz, architect and friend of Heinz Julen, explains, constitutes “re-composed heritage”.

“In his Loft, Heinz Julen can rediscover the spirit of his mountain studio, of his childhood cabin, of things transitory, of still unexploited potential, of the open work so dear to Umberto Eco, partly finished, but understood by everyone…. The unfinished lift, the salvaged bathtub, the reclaimed furniture, everything shares the same family likeness, like the sensual white curtain which embraces the clean air of the Alps. (…).

The Details

When we see the Loft, we discover that heritage can be re-composed; a hotel room is reassembled together with its façade, its bathroom fittings, and even its furniture; the project becomes a project of re-familiarisation, a project of reclamation, the process is an anthropological process of re-creation. Thus heritage and the recovery of heritage join forces with the strategy of re-appropriation and assist the re-composition of heritage using its remains …”