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Striking mountain dwelling above Lake Lugano: Casa Fontana

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Casa Fontana is a contemporary mountain dwelling that has been designed by Stanton Williams Architects, set on the steep mountain slopes above Lake Lugano, Switzerland. This striking residence was designed with a large expanse of windows offering impeccable lake, mountain and city views.

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The house is essentially set into the mountain, with terraces extending inside the house to overlap internal and external space. Views were controlled with wider ‘framed’ openings in communal areas and smaller openings in more intimate rooms.

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A sliding half panel between the kitchen and double-height living room allows for sociable dining or to screen food preparation. Traditional materials- travertino stone, white oak and teak weather and acquire a patina over time, allowing the house to blend into the landscape.

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Our commitment to design quality and spaces that work is matched by our design integrity, culture and attention to detail. Our architecture is about how people experience place and how place affects them. Our work reconnects people with their environment through the careful manipulation of the sensual qualities of light, material and space. We create spaces that support and encourage the expression of contemporary life.

Photos: Patrick Engquist and Simon Phipps

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