JM Architecture's Montebar Villa is in harmony with the Swiss Alps
Milan-based office JM Architecture designed a mountainside villa in the Swiss Alps that integrates both with the landscape and the local architectural vernacular as well. Located on the edge of a slope overlooking a valley, surrounded by an idyllic atmosphere of a vineyard and a cattle grazing nearby, the house looks like a monolithic stone. The gray cladding, and angular form was born out of constraint, but now these are what define the true character of the villa.
The local building code stating that newly erected structures have to feature grey pitched roof inspired Jacopo Mascheroni to use grey overall the house: the roof, the facade, and even the folding shutters are covered with the same grey porcelain stoneware tiles, providing a homogeneous outlook, resembling a giant stone. This reference is reinforced by the carved-like shape of the house as well. The angles of the roof’s six sides echoe the alignment and steepness of the mountains around, integrating the building with the landscape.
Behind the stoneware cladding, pre-fab timber panels are hidden that were assembled on the spot. 20 cms of insulation are included in the walls as well as a built-in heating for the floor, to maintain an optimal climate even during severe winters. Coming warmer months, a loggia was built in the glazed windows of the living room to help air ventilation. This facade overlooking the valley side, is featuring large floor-to-ceiling glass windows to make the most out of the stunning views, further infusing nature and built structure.
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