umbau haus by Wespi de Meuron Architects - linking the palm gardens, Lago Maggiore and the mountains.
The existing, reconstructed house is located in an interesting location, closely connected to the historic nucleo of Ascona, is reachable by car and by foot directly from the village centre, and has a romantic palm garden and open view of the roofs of the Village centre, on the Lago Maggiore and the mountains.
Due to its steep slope, the quartier on Via Rondonico is strongly characterized by high retaining walls, which are usually created in traditional stone masonry.
The existing house is not related to the architecture of the place, but its relationship to the garden and itself has a certain quality.
The reconstruction project responds to the village and the terraced garden with its stone walls. By the choice of natural stone walls (as exterior cladding and in the living room also for interior walls) with traditional rasapietra plaster (half plaster, combined with completely plastered walls), the house receives a new and location-specific identity and deals with Of course in the garden and the quarters.
The existing natural stone retaining wall along the Talseitigen road is demolished in a partial area to create a new generous entrance situation with Natursteingepflästertem parking and garden gate, behind the remaining retaining wall is under terrain, an additional technical/velo-and storage room integrated.
From garden gate at the parking lot, a gently rising ramp leads to the lower existing garden level, from where for the development of the two building floors the existing garden staircases and natural stone also can be largely preserved and used.
The newly converted house, reduced to a simple stone cube, is formally interwoven with the old garden walls and forms a seemingly grown unit with the old garden.
The basement is housed next to entry/cloakroom, two atmospheric rooms, in the old cellar a cave-like shower/WC/sauna-Zohne, laundry/storeroom, as well as a covered outdoor loggia.
The upper floor houses a sleeping room, shower/WC and closet zone, and a spacious living-/ess-/kochhalle, which valley side with a large opening to the view, and with an over-corner full glazing to the outdoor loggia and to the western palm and Mountain-side rock garden with bathing fountain opens; Inside and outside are experienced as a unit, the fire of the interior and Aussencheminées connects visually with the water of Lake Maggiore.
Photos: Hannes Henz architecture photographer, Zurich
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