ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Switzerland
  5. Davide Macullo Architects
  6. 2009
  7. House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects

  • 01:00 - 16 August, 2010
House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects
House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects, © Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano +22

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    Davide Macullo Architects
  • Project Architects

    Davide Macullo, Marco Strozzi
  • Design Collaborator

    Michele Alberio
  • Structural Engineer

    Ingenere Andreotti & Partners
  • Building Engineer

    IFEC Consulenza SA
  • Works Supervision

    Ennio Maggetti
  • Client

    Cristina e Curzio De Gottardi
  • Building area

    133 sqm
  • Total floor area

    221 sqm
  • Area

    497.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. Located in the Swiss Alpine village of Lumino, just north of Bellinzona, this house stands as a monolithic element, quietly complementing and echoing its context. The surrounding area is characterised by traditional stone built houses, many of which date back centuries and are marked by their use of this single construction material. The new house is intended as a relevant response to and contemporary interpretation of the vernacular; its exposed reinforced concrete form recalls the revered strength and resonates the presence of these old stone houses. Sitting on the edge of the old village, the house acts as a sort of bastion between the old core and the modern residential expansion.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

In addition to the local scale references and material cues siphoned from the physical context, the concept and approach to the project was further influenced by the clients’ expressed desire for a minimalist aesthetic, both internally and externally. As such, the quality of the spaces in the house would be defined explicitly by the architecture and not by objects placed within it. The idea of the ‘minimalist monolith’ was adopted as the conceptual generator of the project and became a principle applied to all elements of the both the functional and construction programme, from the foundations up to the smallest finishing details.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

The geometry of the plan is generated by two shifted parallelepipeds and follows the fall of the site. The typology created by this staggered geometry underlies both the peculiarities of the landscape while also offering each of the levels a direct relationship with the surrounding gardens. The double system of vertical connections, one internal and one external, relates all the spaces of the house in a spiral movement and is in a constant play with its new inhabitants’ perception of time and scale. What is interesting about the house is the ability of the spaces to expand and extend into the landscape, allowing the external become part of the composition. While the individual spaces may be defined geometrically, each space flows into the next and continues to the external.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

The principle of the house is to protect and guarantee an intimacy and privacy for its inhabitants but also, somewhat paradoxically, to represent an air of generosity and an opening up of to the world. The intention is to create places in which residents are open and connected to the wider community in a concrete way, beyond the filter of maddening virtual communication. This physical relationship with the community restores a healthy balance of mind and aptitude.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

Excavations into the ground rock were kept to a minimum, with only the service spaces placed underground (-1.4m). Vehicle and pedestrian access is from street level (+0.0m). Half a level up from the entrance hall are two bedrooms, both with direct access onto a terrace(+1.4m). On the next floor (+2.8m) is the master suite, again with its own terrace and access to the garden below. Continuing up the house, we arrive into the dining and kitchen space which opens onto the central south facing loggia (+4.2m), with access to the terraces below. This central loggia, which affords panoramic views over the surrounding rooftops, may also be covered with a hydraulic roof when required. The living space on the top floor overlooks and has access down to the loggia below.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano

Along with gains from the inherent thermal values of concrete, the house’s sustainable credentials also benefit from a heat pump and photovoltaic cells placed on the roof.

© Enrico Cano
© Enrico Cano
Cite: "House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects" 16 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/73037/house-in-lumino-davide-macullo-architects/>
Read comments

33 Comments

bali harsa · April 21, 2014

simple & very nice house

Konstanza Chadio · July 21, 2011

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects http://fb.me/TwnxXVky

Bernardo · April 19, 2011

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/WzS61zr via @archdaily

ananda dimitri · August 27, 2010

i like the play of solid and void.

Aleisa Mondolfi · August 24, 2010

Otra casa de concreto. http://www.archdaily.com/73037...

o0 · August 19, 2010

Architecture: House in Lumino by Davide Macullo Architects [Pictures] - http://bit.ly/aqIb8i (via @archdaily) #design #architecture

æon · August 17, 2010

At first sight I see two volumes significantly distanced, so it surprises me to know that it only one house.

It called my attention to see how seems to have been built, looks like LEGO pieces or a new super-ultra-simple system. The result is very clean.

MZ · August 17, 2010

Swiss perfection, at its very best. It is modern, without compromise, but this type of modernism has a long tradition in the Lands of the Alps, (in West Austria, esp. the regions of Tirol and Voralberg, in Schwitzerland and the northern italian regions). Offices and Architects like Luigi Snozzi, Christian Kerez, Marte.Marte, Panzeri, etc. made this reduced, monolithic, archaic, abstract architecture to a tradition. This house fits this theme, it is not the neigbouring wood peasants house, it is the grey rock of the mountains that it talks to.

Ulrich Schmidt-Kuhl · August 17, 2010

RT @archdaily: House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects http://archdai.ly/brP3Ql #architecture

Katsudon · August 17, 2010

"Along with gains from the inherent thermal values of concrete, the house’s sustainable credentials also benefit from a heat pump and photovoltaic cells placed on the roof."

And the sustainable credentials of the house have to be put in the balance with the concrete terribly not sustainable life cycle. Concrete need a huge quantity of energy to produce and then releases CO2 all during it's life. What about using hollow brick blocks or wood?
I don't say should not use concrete, but here pointing out at the heat pump and the cells on the roof sounds just like a clear conscience gesture...

Plus the kitchen/dinning room space look really empty... the height/width proportion looks quite unconfortable and super cold, but not like a design statment would be. It looks like you're facing the landscapes vastness, cornered in your dinning room.

bluevertical · August 17, 2010

House in Lumino by Davide Macullo Architects http://is.gd/ekF5W #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #switzerland *sharp

Iikka · August 17, 2010

If I were to build a house in the mountains, I would do it for the views. This thing has blind concrete walls on three sides, losing 75% of its appeal right there.

David C. McFadden · August 17, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/JtxuZb5 via @archdaily

Brice Orlandini · August 17, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects http://bit.ly/bqG30K #archi

Albert · August 16, 2010

@ArchDaily Beautiful #Swiss #minimalism...yet in a wrong place - amidst green Alpine village http://t.co/E9YGwf3

Mic · August 16, 2010

Agreed.

I would like this more if it was in the middle of Tokyo. The building seems to stand out amongst the local native architecture and landscape.

San Gonçalves · August 16, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten: House in Lumino. http://bit.ly/by00YU

Nicholas Patten · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino. http://bit.ly/by00YU

frank · August 16, 2010

There's a lot of black walls happening, but very nice project..

raul LUISONI · August 16, 2010

bellisima casa Davide, salutami tanto a Giancarlo Marzullo.
Raul dalla Agentina

fabio · August 16, 2010

i would like to see the people or the human factor interacting with one these ... we always see nice houses , but we never or at i didnt see human element

xirclebox · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects http://bit.ly/9JDIoE /cc @feedly

up_today_arch · August 16, 2010

Nice house, but I'v already seen this house here...

Albert · August 16, 2010

If it would be a structure in the middle of nothing I would love it. The general geometry is intelligent; architectonics of the house and spatial feelings emphasized by puritan character of exposed concrete are very imaginative. But something disturbs me to see this type of architecture in the heart of a green Alpine village. Maybe I am wrong or it is just a stigma but those old stone red-roofed homes that you can see on the background fit this kind of environment way better. Again, maybe I am wrong... Otherwise I think the project is a Swiss minimalism at its very best.

André Amaral · August 16, 2010

CASA MONOLÍTICA House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/a8QFRQ

Marcilio Avelino · August 16, 2010

#aRQ House in Lumino ... http://bit.ly/aNh8aW

rental_watanabe 2.0 · August 16, 2010

?archi info? House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects http://dlvr.it/3rwhC #Houses (archdaily) #rental_archiinfo

Architecture+Molding · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: Architects: Davide Macullo Architects Location: Lumino, Switzerland P... http://bit.ly/aNh8aW

Architecture+Molding · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: Architects: Davide Macullo Architects Location: Lumino, Switzerland P... http://bit.ly/aNh8aW

dezign_bot · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: © Enrico Cano, ComoArchitects: Davide Macullo Architects Location: Lu... http://bit.ly/9Pmx8d

dezign_bot · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: © Enrico Cano, ComoArchitects: Davide Macullo Architects Location: Lu... http://bit.ly/9Pmx8d

arhitectura · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: © Enrico Cano, ComoArchitects: Davide Macullo Architects Locati... http://tinyurl.com/28bls4g

arhitectura · August 16, 2010

House in Lumino / Davide Macullo Architects: © Enrico Cano, ComoArchitects: Davide Macullo Architects Locati... http://tinyurl.com/28bls4g

···

Comments are closed

Read comments