Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects designed this vacation house set into a Swiss hillside. The hillside in question overlooks Lake Maggiore on the Switzerland-Italian border, and the unique dwelling was specially designed to take advantage of the spectacular views the site offered.
The somewhat monolithic home is arranged over several tiers and is entered via a platform at road level which provides parking for two cars (above). Stairs set into this washed concrete structure guide visitors down into a central courtyard offering unrivalled privacy for a dwelling with such expansive windows and views over local scenery.
Relatively rough washed concrete is also incorporated for virtually all interior surfaces in this dwelling making it a real minimalist’s paradise. Despite the fact that the building which is set into a hillside is partially underground, it doesn’t start to feel like a bunker due to the extraordinary use of space and floor-to-ceiling windows.
A simply cut monolith in washed concrete, which is docked directly to the road, rises from the natural topography of the slope. … Due to its spatial diversity, complex relationships between interior and exterior spaces, diverse path choice, this house can be experienced like a historic village.Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects
Slightly lower down the hill is a separate structure that serves as an outside entertainment area with a swimming pool and decking, as well as recessed seating and a small outside kitchen/grill. An amazing setting for soaking up those summer evenings.
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