In a privileged but sprawled urban area above Locarno, with an overwhelming view on the city.
The project by Wespi de Meuron Architects 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."
Credits: 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 // Photographs - Hannes Henz