2012 – 2017

This holiday home is located close to the cluster of buildings in Brissago known as “Tecetto”, from which there is a magnificent view over Lake Maggiore. In order to maintain the identity of this local area, mandatory planning regulations have been set for new constructions so as to safeguard the space still free of allotments and gardens. These limits have determined the position and volume of the building. The house, entirely in reinforced concrete, is modelled in such a way as to appear light and suspended in the landscape, in contrast with the solid volumes in stone of the nearby buildings.
The property is situated on five levels: on level 1, with direct access to the road, there is a large underground garage; on level 2 there are the utility rooms; level 3 is the sleeping area, consisting of three bedrooms with bathrooms; level 4, the living area, appears as a large covered terrace facing both the lake and the garden behind. On the top floor there is the music room and solarium, joined by a brise-soleil that frames the lake landscape.
Pedestrian access to the building is from inside the garage by means of a lift that connects all the levels; the lift also provides unimpeded access to the house next-door, which shares outside steps with the new building.

Photographs: © 2017 Marcelo Villada Ortiz