Farmhouses: No two are alike
The Bavarian Forest is famous for its architectural style. Until 50 years ago, many small farmers in the region lived in farmhouses that were both utterly charming and very high quality. Since then, however, most of these traditional buildings have been left empty and derelict.
Peter Haimerl is originally from Viechtach in the Bavarian Forest. Even as a young boy, this local traditionalist loved the old farmhouses – including his current project, close to where he grew up. “As a child I decided that somehow I had to preserve this farm and carry it forward. Thanks to my architectural studies I have been able to make this dream come true”, he says with enthusiasm. The successful architect has left the external facade untouched. Even if it has age spots and cracks – Haimerl believes the history of the building must still be visible. He tries to keep as much of the original wood and stone as possible. His wife, Jutta Görlich, is always at his side. As an artist, she advises him and seeks out the histories of the houses and their locations. Throughout the building process, she works with photographer Edward Beierle to illustrate the stories of the houses and presents them in exceptional displays – mostly as part of the architecture itself.