Built for a couple planning to start a family, this home was meant to establish a foothold in a forested landscape that was to be a vital part of their lives moving forward. Our clients wanted a home that had a strong relationship with Parco Valle del Lanza, with which they were to share a border.
Nestled between the Lake of Como and the Swiss border in northern Lombardy, the property is long and narrow, entrenched between a provincial road and a park. It is also steeply sloped and there were regulatory requirements regarding minimum distances from both the road and park.
We took a volumetric approach and composed a structure that used intersecting alignments between floors (with cantilevered elements) to maximize square footage, using the patio as the fulcrum. This created a soft threshold space for transitioning between interior and exterior, with the whole home taking advantage of the property’s topography. Skylights, picture windows, and the strategy of surrounding interior rooms with outdoor elements create introspective and private spaces that are enveloped by nature.
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