Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
Location: Brione sopra Minusio, TI, Switzerland
Construction Supervision: Guscetti Arch. Dipl., 6648 Minusio
Engineer: Anastasi SA, 6604 Locarno
Building Physics: IFEC Consulenze SA, 6802 Rivera
Contractor: Merlini + Ferrari SA, 6648 Minusio
Carpenter: Erich Keller AG, 8583 Sulgen
Project year: 2004-2005
Photographs: Hannes Henz
The new building is located in a privileged but sprawled urban area above Locarno, with an overwhelming view on the city, the surrounding mountains and the lake.
The project is a discrete reaction to a daily subject: to build into a crowded and chaotic urbanized area.
Therefore all attributes of a classical house were totally omitted.
Two simple steaning cubes are emerging from the hill – fragmentarily – more associated to the landscape than to the other existing buildings – more alike a wall than a house – and time less.
Habitable interiors are generated through cavities.
Two similar big openings, with wooden grids serving as moveable gates, are providing access and view.
Additional light is taken in through courtyards.
The water of the swimming pool, embedded in the valley facing cube, merges perfectly with the lake.