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Tabland Rectory

Naturno/Naturns, Naturns/Naturno, Meran/Merano and environs
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Tabland village is built on a large, former mudslide high on Nörderberg Mountain. The rectory and its new white walls are visible from the valley floor. It is however reasonably well integrated into the character of the village in front of the church. The architects cleverly incorporated the small barn into the huddle of buildings, and gave it a new lease of life as a choir and youth center. The stone walls create a stark contrast to the newly built section with a hall and flats, yet their atmosphere allows for a reconciliation between old and new. The glass fronting of the foyer with the clean white of the main building form a successful unity with the barn reminding us of the village's past. The rooms inside the building are simple, using white stucco,

wooden boarding and flooring, yet are clearly designed to house events for culture, music and youth.

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This example of how existing structures can be used evinces the way in which a local building tradition can move forward through modern insertions, allowing the old and new to form a familiar identity.

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