House in Brissago, Switzerland by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects

Minimalist Open Plan Living Room of House in Brissago by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects

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.

Street Entrance to House in Brissago by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects

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.

Entrance Courtyard of House in Brissago with Olive Tree

Washed Concrete Exterior of House in Brissago

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.

Floor to Ceiling Window Overlooking Lake Maggiore in Switzerland

View Through House in Brissago over Swiss Landscape with Eames DSW Chairs

Side Facade of Vacation House in Brissago in Washed Concrete

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

Entrance Hallways Down to House in Brissago by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects

Living Room through to Courtyard with Corner Fireplace

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.

Seperate Outdoor Entertainment Space Swimming Pool Kitchen in Switzerland

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