House on Lugano lake

House on Lugano lake

Architect
studio wok
Location
Lake of Lugano, Switzerland | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Private Houses
Marcello Mariana studio
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Lamps Flos
SofaLiving Divani
ManufacturersDesign Republic Srl
Dora
TableMDF Italia
NVL Table
Rocking Chair Valerie Objects
Rocking Chair Brass Leather
Lamps Ambrosia Design

Product Spec Sheet
Lamps
Manufacturers
Table
NVL Table by MDF Italia
Rocking Chair
Rocking Chair Brass Leather by Valerie Objects
Lamps

House on Lugano lake

studio wok as Architects

A domestic refuge overlooking the lake
The house, a post-World War II stone building, rises on a steep slope of a mountain which overlooks Lake Lugano, on the border between the urbanized area and the surrounding dense forest.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

The project involves small but important interventions on the facades in addition to the complete renovation of the interiors, in order to design a house for a young family who wanted to establish a strong connection between their house, the lake and the surrounding nature.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

The external wooden balcony, contrasting with the local stone facades, is redesigned paying attention to keep its typological character intact: the double uprights and the new metal parapet define a contemporary style without straying from tradition. The wooden elements of the façades, painted in black, establish a connection with the light and dark shades of the vegetation and the landscape.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

The functional organization of the new house follows the trace of the original one: a large living area on the ground floor and the sleeping area on the upper floor, with three bedrooms overlooking the balcony facing south, towards the lake. In the living area the space is freed up throughout the creation of a service belt housing the kitchen, the closet, a bookcase, the staircase and the fireplace, and the generation of an entrance area with a wardrobe and a service bathroom. A lounge sofa, a round table and the kitchen counter inhabit the space and can be experienced at 360 degrees, relating to all sides of the living room, to the sun light and to the view, entering the space from the windows.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

The windows, in natural oak, frame the lake and the landscape, the real new protagonists of the house. The interior spaces, consequently, are characterized by warm and neutral colors, such as the floor and the staircase block in polished concrete, and by natural materials, such as the boiserie, the kitchen and the custom-made furnishings, all in natural oak.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

The reinforced concrete structure is scarified and exposed, while the walls and ceilings, finished in lime plaster, delicately reflect the natural light coming from the numerous windows. The only note of color in the space is provided by the stone inserts in victory green serpentine of the fireplace and the kitchen.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

Upstairs, the atmosphere becomes more domestic with the recovered old doors of the roomsand the floor in solid oak strips.

The master bedroom is designed as a real suite, a fluid sequence of spaces with a bedroom area, a bathroom, a study and a walk-in closet. The shower is a volume covered in opal glass, managing the division of the spaces and the privacy between them. On the inside, the shower, as well as the vanity units of the two bathrooms, are green serpentinemonoliths, in contrast with the light colors of the wall finishings.

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

Team:
Architect: studio wok
collaborators: arch. Claudia Begni
Photos: Marcello Mariana studio

photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio
photo_credit Marcello Mariana studio
Marcello Mariana studio

Material Used:
1. Fioroni - custom made furniture and windows
2. Nexus - polished concrete flooring. 
3. La Calce del Brenta - lime plaster. 
4. Quadro - taps
5. MDF Italia - NVL table. 
6. Living divani - Extrasoft sofa. 
7. Design Republic - Dora. 
8. Valerie Object - Rocking Chair 
9. Flos, Ambrosia, Artemide, Nemo, Viabizzuno - lamps 

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