Via Carona

Via Carona

Architect
DF_DC
Location
Paradiso, Switzerland | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Apartments
Simone Bossi
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Interior lightingiGuzzini
Windows (slim frame)SCHÜCO
DoorsRubner
Interior lightingViabizzuno
FurnitureVitra.
Polished concreteWalo

Product Spec Sheet
Interior lighting
Windows (slim frame)
by SCHÜCO
Doors
by Rubner
Interior lighting
Furniture
by Vitra.
Polished concrete
by Walo

Via Carona dwellings

DF_DC as Architects

The building appears as a reticular structure perched above the railway, on the hills facing Lake Lugano, containing 14 dwellings. As a project, it is driven by a reflection on the lifespan of materials and how they can enable a transformation over a 50-100 year cycle.

photo_credit Simone Bossi
Simone Bossi

By considering the lifespans of the different constructive elements - from structure (100 years), services (50 years), envelope (30 years), to the relative impermanence of the partitions (10-20 years), the project aims to reduce to the minimum the grey energy along its existence.

photo_credit Simone Bossi
Simone Bossi

The building is thought as a structural exoskeleton with consolidated service cores, thus leaving the rest of the plan free to change over time. Conversely, all the internal partitions are lightweight or built-in furniture, in order to be easily replaced as low-energy operations. 

photo_credit Simone Bossi
Simone Bossi

A range of peculiar typologies are produced by the massing and the site constraints. The structure tilts out to support a projecting element at the top with the penthouse, changing the perception of the frame and of the landscape beyond.

photo_credit Simone Bossi
Simone Bossi

Materially, the building softens its monolithic aspect with bush- hammered concrete panels as infill to the frame.

photo_credit Simone Bossi
Simone Bossi

Facade cladding: In-situ concrete
Roofing: Green roof / sedum
Flooring: Polished concrete by Walo
Doors: Doors by Rubner
Windows: Schüco (slim frame)
Interior lighting: iGuzzini, viabizzuno
Interior furniture: Jean Prouvé and Citterio, by Vitra

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