A private residence stands on a hill slope overlooking the shores of Lake Lugano. Milan-based architect Jacopo Mascheroni at JM Architekten has designed it to be U-shaped such that the two floors are admirably adjusted to the tough topography. The polygonal glass pavilion with its rounded edges juts up sharply without referencing its surroundings, and comes to an equally abrupt halt at the roof. The living and dining room, the kitchen and the storage rooms are housed in the glass pavilion, while the bedroom, bathroom and garage are located in the lower level. The private area are aligned to the side facing the slope. The living and dining room, by contrast, is oriented toward the garden and the lake. The ring-shaped room enjoys adequate and constant ventilation. Light is reflected by the high glass front, the white rear walls and the white gravel into the shady side facing the slope.
This luxurious private residence sets standards ecologically speaking, too. For example, a geothermal pump supports the living quarters, the glass façade is made of highly-efficient laminated insulating glass with an argon content of 90 percent and utility water for the gardens is provided by a rainwater collection unit. In the southwestern section of the grounds stand leafy trees that provide natural protection from the sun and thus optimize the efficiency of the insulated glass skin.