I stumbled upon this house on one of the blogs I follow and it took my breath away… so simple, so beautiful. I think it´s one of the best examples of what great architecture can make and provoque.
This incredible building is located in a privileged but sprawled urban area above Locarno, with an overwhelming view on the city, the surrounding mountains and the lake in Brione sopra Minusio, Switzerland. Designed by Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects, the project is a discrete reaction to a daily subject: to build into a crowded and chaotic urbanized area. Therefore all attributes of a classical house were totally omitted. Two simple cubes emerge from the hill – fragmentarily – more associated to the landscape than to the other existing buildings – more alike a wall than a house – and timeless. Habitable interiors are generated through cavities. Two similar large openings containing wooden grids serve as moveable gates, providing access and views. Additional light is taken in through courtyards. The water of the swimming pool, embedded in the valley facing cube, merges perfectly with the lake.
Visit the website of Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects here.