House RI – Wespi de Meuron Romeo
House RI. in Brissago – Photo: Hannes Henz
Can you tell us about the House Ri project in Brissago?
It is a holiday home located on a slope overlooking Lake Maggiore. The house is on 4 floors and the access is from the top. Here we worked on the idea of having a single volume and digging it to obtain the various living spaces and inner courtyards arranged on several floors. The concept of excavated mass can also be found in the composition of the facades, therefore the arrangement of the windows seems almost random.
We used washed concrete to build the structure. It is a particular technique where we removed shortly the superficial part of cement after the casting, so that the inert remains in sight. We liked the idea of having a new artifact but “already consumed by time”.
Inside instead we used traditional rough plaster.
While in regards to the pool area, it was designed with the same philosophy of having a single monolithic block and digging it.