알프스 산맥에 위치한 오래된 주택을 갤러리로 바꾸는 일년에 걸친 과정을 담당했던 건축가 Matteo Inches 는 기존의 건물을 새로운 콘크리트와 화강암 갤러리를 통해 확장시켰다. 2014년 말에 완공된 이 곳은 Crivelli의 작품을 전시하고 있으며 이 외에도 다양한 현지 작가들의 작품을 소개하고 있다. 갤러리를 하나 더 추가함으로써 건물은 꽤 확장되었는데 두 개의 건물이 하나의 마당을 구조화하고 있고 이 정원 또한 각종 전시를 위한 공간으로 사용되기도 한다.
Studio Inches was approached in 2012 by the 80-year-old daughter of late Swiss artist and archaeologist Aldo Crivelli to create the MeCri Museum, which occupies a converted 19th-century building in Minusio, close to the Swiss-Italian border.
Completed at the end of 2014, it exhibits Crivelli's drawings and paintings, as well as the work of other local artists.
Inches has now extended the building by adding an extra gallery. Together, the two buildings frame a courtyard – a space that could also be used for exhibitions.
Described by Inches as a "dialogue between materiality and modern architectonical expression", the new building has rough granite walls and a steeply angled concrete roof.
These materials are intended to complement the whitewashed stone walls of the old house, as well as the more rustic aesthetic of other buildings in the Alpine village.
The gallery's windows are deliberately small, creating more flexibility for hanging artworks inside.
But a skylight runs the length of the gabled roof to allow light to gently filter in from above.
"The roof was done in concrete, waterproofed with resin and then clad with a local stone, Maggia Granite," Inches told Dezeen.
"The monolithic mass is strengthened by the use of local stone granite as a cladding," he said.
"The nine-metre skylight crowns the top of the roof and creates a mystic atmosphere in the interior."
As well as the new gallery, Inches added new walls around the site.
These were built using a concrete aggregate, continuing the rough texture of the granite surfaces.
"As the old stone walls degrade through time, the new concrete boundaries will stand in their place," said Inches.
"The concrete was washed in order to create a finishing that integrates with the context."
Studio Inches is based in Locarno, southern Switzerland.
Other recent projects by the office include the conversion of a farmhouse into a home for a Swiss town mayor and the renovation of a house for an elderly couple.