Villa in Paradiso, Switzerland
The theme and main challenge of the project, clear from the architectural volume, was the difficulty posed by the shore of the lake which, in this case, is just a stone's throw from the city. The area of land, once occupied by a shipyard, impacted the architectural volume, and being situated right next to the water meant that the final plans attempted to develop a rapport between the water, the shore and the architectural volume. The solution to this unusual challenge was extremely simple: the building has been raised up from the side of the shore thus guaranteeing clear continuity. Contact with the ground is achieved by a Vitrocsa glazed sliding door that is the defining feature of the living space. The facades of the building are made out of Cor-Ten steel, whilst the glass, with its minimal frames, has been chosen to act as a thermal barrier. The unusual location of the building, its city location whilst also being nestled in the gulf of Lugano, meant that the building was of considerable urban importance. The planning involved ensuring that the building blended into the natural surroundings and did not stand out obtrusively on the side of the lake. Planning surrounding the urban area started gently, as a heavy-handed approach would have required an unachievable architectural volume for an area of land such as this, whereas a middle-of-the-road approach would have produced an ineffective and uncertain result.
Architect: Bruno Huber Architetti
Photography: Stefano Spinelli
Product: Vitrocsa sliding doors