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Casa Desgraz / studio inches architettura

  • 13:00 - 6 June, 2015
Casa Desgraz / studio inches architettura
Casa Desgraz / studio inches architettura, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

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  • Developer

    AP Costruzioni edili Sagl
  • Structural Engeneering

    Jelmoni SA

  • Electrical Installation

    Elettricità De Lorenzi
  • Roof Seals

    GRG Carpenteria
  • Plumber

    Deco SA

  • Flooring

    Gamboni Shop SA
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© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

Text description provided by the architects. Casa Desgraz, which was commissioned by an elderly couple, is located in Solduno, a tranquil town in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, close to Locarno and the Lago Maggiore.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The original house had parts from the beginning of the XX century with further additions dated between the 1950 and 1960. The project deals with the local building laws applied to constructions in protected nucleus zone that don't allow existing openings to be modified or the typology of the roof to be changed.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

Due to these restrictions the structural envelope was not changed. The number of openings and their dimensions remain the same. The pitched roof on the other hand was raised by 1 meter in order to offer extra space in the living areas and refurbished following the construction techniques of the local typologies but at the same time applying a new aesthetic. The roof is imagined as a thin layer that crowns the building and underlines its massive and irregular historical walls.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

The interior of the building was totally emptied and completely rebuilt. The technical room, laundry, guest bedroom are located on the ground floor where as the kitchen and living area are on 1st floor. The master bedroom and its bathroom are on the top floor.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

Wood is applied as the main finishing material; it is used like a coating that wraps the spaces and increases the perception of being enclosed in a private, warm and domestic environment.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

The double height space in the living room increases the perception of verticality and size of the space as well as allowing a visual and acoustic connection between the sleeping area and the lower spaces.

© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

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