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Single family house at Riva San Vitale
Ticino, Switzerland 		
1971-1973


Single family house at Riva San Vitale, Ticino, Switzerland
1971-1973

Project
1971

Construction
1972-1973

Location
Riva S. Vitale, Ticino, Switzerland

Commisioned by
Carlo e Leontina Bianc
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Site
850 m
²

Area
220 m²

Volume
1000 m³


Located at the foot of San Giorgio mountain, on the banks of Lake Lugano, the house establishes a dialectic play with the environment, emphasized by its minimal occupation of the site and by the thin metal bridge that establishes the physical relationship between the house and the mountain.
The "tower", virtually defined by four corner piers and carved with geometric cuts through which the light penetrates, is organized along the vertical axis in a succession of different architectural situations and rhythms. The spatial interpenetration between interior and exterior thus gives shape to a "filter zone", terraces within the perimeter in its functional organization: the upper part holds the entrance atrium, a study, and the stairs leading to the lower floors, where the parent's room are located. These levels are partially open and in communication with the living and dining area below, while the services are placed in the basement.