Duplex villa in Canton of Ticino (Switzerland)
Arch. Vanessa Brusati
In the Swiss Alps, overlooking the woods of the Mendrisotto Valley, there’s a light-flooded house that seems suspended in the air.
The land where this duplex villa was built was so steep that it had to be terraced. As a result, Villa Luce has two entrances: one from the intermediate floor (road level) and the other from the garden, which can be accessed from a staircase with weathering steel terraces.
The reinforced concrete ground floor rests on a rocky slope. The two upper floors were built according to Wolf Haus’ prefabricated system. It includes a high glass front with integrated shading that provides light, a wonderful view, and heating during the colder months.
This house has a box shape to maintain the ideal temperature inside and thus ensure energy savings. In addition, the compact volume, high-performance enclosure, and geothermal heating and cooling system ensure minimal management costs.
Built in 2015