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House in Ticino, Switzerland

Davide Macullo Architetto

Located in Ticino, one of sunniest and most beautiful areas of southern Switzerland, the house is characterised as a series of small monolithic volumes perched on the natural slope of the land and is surrounded by nature.

The site was previously home to a cluster of typical old rural buildings and elements of the new house echo this. The new construction retains the footprint of these old buildings, as four volumes with a 14 meter-square ground perimeter and, with its sloped roof recall the form of these former structures. The landscape appears to ‘flow’ through these volumes that become protected living spaces; a continuation of the green environment modeled as if to be part of the building. The construction is enhanced by an entrance ‘cave’ sheltered by the landscape and follows the slope in an organic and fluent sequence of spaces, each relating to each other and to the surrounding landscape. This typology aims at offering an alternative to the ‘box-shaped’ construction common on these hills; an alternative to the more urbanised forms, often alien to the landscape and typified by an aggressive attitude of building with little respect for the environment. The design and construction of the House in Ticino has been realised according to the principles of sustainability and with bio-ecological materials. Specialist copper contractor - Torsetta SA Main contractor - Ennio Maggetti

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Building

Owner: 
Private
Completion date: 
2007
Country: 
Switzerland
City: 
Ticino
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Davide Macullo Architetto
Address & description: 
Via Monte Boglia 7 Lugano CH-6904 Switzerland

Copper contractors

Title: 
Specialist copper contractor - Torsetta SA

Awards

Season: 
2009
Categories: 
Shortlisted
Commended

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