Davide Macullo – Swisshouse I – Photo: Pino Musi
Could you tell us about the Swisshouse I project?
Every architect develops its first project for someone of its family; born as a small vacation home for my brother, as time went on, it became the main residence.
The environment and atmosphere are those typical of a rural context of the Swiss Alps where settlements were built with great parsimony in exploiting the orographic conditions and in the use of human resources.
The basic idea, to make a philological exercise with respect to the building typologies of the place, had the purpose of precisely inserting a new piece in the articulated “urban” context such as the old nucleus of a mountain village.
This strict rereading of tradition has led me to reconstruct the classic components of historic buildings by choosing materials in line with the spirit of past times and available in the valley itself such as: stone, wood, sand and aggregates for concrete.
Davide Macullo – Swisshouse I
To give an example, originally they made cold roofs spaced from the supporting structure so as to favor the drying of hay with air recirculation.
Swisshouse I has a roof made of wooden beams, without a ridge and covered with stone slabs.
It detaches from the supporting structure giving a spectacular 360 ° view over the valley onlyfor a historical memory purpose and not because it is a rational constructive element.