Diane Pham

Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

by , 09/13/11

lake Como, Lake Lugano, JM Architects, underground homes, underground architecture, lake architecture, italian architecture, hillside architecture, italian villas, green architecture, geothermal power, green roof, lowe windows

The house is built partially embedded into the slope of a hill overlooking Lake Lugano. The villa consists of two volumes that have been oriented to fit the topography of the site – the one set above ground hosts communal spaces, and the other set on a lower level contains private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the garage. While established as separate volumes, the program of each level relates closely with the outdoor spaces.

The upper level of the home is a rounded polygonal pavilion that holds the living room, dining room, kitchen and storage. The transparency of the space allows for ample natural light throughout the day while maximizing the surrounding views, wholly integrating nature into the home. The modern aesthetic certainly creates a stark contrast against the natural greenery, but roof plantings in addition to the views on the pavilion level make the home at peace with the surrounding landscape.

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