The interest in this project lies primarily in the interpretation and transformation of the site rather than in the buildings themselves: architectural intervention as a unique, unrepeatable experience in altering the landscape. The two symmetrical mirror-image houses are a sequence of exterior and interior spaces that provide ever-changing images of the landscape. The associated light and view are transformed into highly diverse emotional responses.
The architecture is inseparable from the site; in the absence of the architecture, the site is mute.
Three walls, partly visible and partly implied, accompany the 100-metre long, narrow, horizontal platform that forms the house. The retaining wall runs the entire length facing the hillside; the two supports holding up the enclosed spaces and the implicit wall traced on the ground lie along the central axis; facing the sea is the outer wall of the living areas separated by the courtyard. This closure facing the sea is divided into four parts; the two middle sections slant inwards, causing them to reflect the light in a different way and thereby enabling the wall to be perceived as a single entity straddling the courtyard.
The entire house is white: floors, walls and ceilings. The sun and the moon transform this whiteness into countless hues: from gray to pink and from orange to blue and violet each time dusk falls. In this way the house becomes part of this landscape in which time has no meaning.
Silvia Gmür + Livio Vacchini,
Basel und Locarno