New house in Morcote

New house in Morcote

Architect
Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects
Location
6922 Morcote, Switzerland
Project Year
2015
Category
Private Houses
HannesHenz, architecture photographer
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Sofa living roomLiving Divani
WINDOWSBiene AG
Glass vase kitchenClassicon
PlastererCPR SA
Daimond ChairHarry Bertoia
Moroccan Nomad carpetHersberger AG

Product Spec Sheet
Sofa living room
WINDOWS
Glass vase kitchen
Plasterer
by CPR SA
Daimond Chair
Moroccan Nomad carpet

New house in Morcote

Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects as Architects

The building site - part of a former vineyard - lies on a hillside above Lake Lugano, above an older property from the beginning of the last century. Larger speculative building projects above and lateral of the parcel were already known at the time of project planning and have decisively influenced the architectural project. Within the chaotic urban sprawl of the old vineyard, this project should make the greatest possible restraint within the newly emerging houses and become more a retaining wall, rather than one more other new building,itshould make more part of the vineyard than the settlement.


The central courtyard, protected from the view from the neighbourhood, is open to the lake, the view and the sun. The mostly windowless closed volumes are covered with a green roof and are only visible from the valley. Five other courtyards generate atmospheric light into the introverted bedrooms, entrée and kitchen. The living room, on the other hand, is open to the outside courtyard and to the view. The volumes are divided into day and night rooms: on the northwestthere are living-dining room and kitchen, on the opposite side there are the bedrooms, connected through a corridor, whereare alsothe entranceandthe bathrooms. The natural stones from the former terrace walls of the vineyard have been reused for the valley side façade to link the building with the historic culture of Morcote.

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