with Livio Vacchini
In this project, the interest focuses much more on the interpretation and transformation of the site than in the building itself: the transformation of the landscape into a unique, unrepeatable experience through architectural intervention. The two mirror-image houses are a sequence of exterior and interior spaces through which the landscape is perceived in ever-changing images. Light and views are transformed into a wide variety of emotions.
The architecture becomes an inseparable part of the place, the place remains mute without the architecture.
Three walls, partly present, partly only hinted at, accompany the 100-metre-long, narrow horizontal platform that forms the house. Towards the slope, the retaining wall along the entire length; in the central axis, the two supports of the closed rooms and the trace of the wall indicated in the floor; towards the sea, the outer wall of the living spaces separated by the courtyard. This closure to the sea is divided into four parts, the two central ones are inclined inwards and, thanks to their different reflection of light, allow the perception of the wall as a whole, beyond the caesura of the courtyard.
The whole house is white: floors, walls, ceilings. The sun and moon transform this white into countless shades: from grey to pink, from orange to blue and violet, as soon as dusk rises.
Two houses by the Mediterranean Sea
Architect's office Silvia Gmür + Livio Vacchini, Basel and Locarno
Paul Zimmermann and Vangelis Zarnaris
Marten van Severen, Ghent - Belgium