Casa en Brione
This house is located in a prime urban area above Locarno, with an impressive view of the city, mountains and a lake.The project is a discrete response to a daily subject: to build in an urban area and chaotic. For this reason completely omitted all the attributes of a classic house.
Two simple cubes appear over the hill, and associates more fragmented landscape than the existing buildings, the house looks like a large stone wall that appears almost timeless.
The interior habitable generated through cavities. Two similar big openings with wooden shutters, gates serve as mobile, they generate and deliver access to views of the landscape. Additional natural light is obtained through courtyards, while the pool water, embedded in the valley opposite to the cube of stone blends perfectly with the lake.
Wespi de Meuron Romeo architetti:
The new building is located in a privileged but sprawled urban area above Locarno, with an overwhelming view on the city, the surrounding mountains and the lake. The project 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.
Project name: Casa en Brione
Location: Via alla Selva 15 6645 Brione sopra Minusio, Ticino, Switzerland
Coordinates: 46.184896, 8.813542
- Type By Characteristic: Green & Sustainable House
- Type By Site: Hill House
- Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Stone House
Site Area: 535 sqm
Built-Up Area: 155 sqm
Project Start Year: 2004
Completion Year: 2005
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects – Via G. Branca Masa 9, 6578, Caviano 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
Text Description: © Courtesy of Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
Images: © Hannes Henz