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Apartments Building | Rancate | Switzerland
February, 2020
The new Ca' Ospiti highlights the potential of the existing area with its simple and light gray volume.

The site is located in the northern area of ​​Rancate, in a suburban and residential neighborhood, surrounded by houses and vines. The map has a very elongated and narrow shape (12.7m x 122.6m) and the size of the property imposes spatial limits that have been the guide for the design. The area of ​​interest is mainly flat and well delimited to the north by the road (via Scèr) and on the sides by neighboring lots characterized by the presence of existing residential buildings.


The new Ca’ Ospiti house building (19.4×6.6 meters in plan) takes shape from the desire to underline the existing conformation of the land, and to make this feature a strength for the entire project.

The volume is positioned close to the road to guarantee direct access, but at the same time, it is in close relationship with the surrounding landscape: trees of different species, a lawn, and a gravel path lined with flower plants surround the intervention.


The building consists of 5 apartments of 45 mq each consisting of a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining room with living room.

The space organization is very simple and functional: a central connecting staircase serves two apartments on each floor, while in the basement there is a cellar/technical room and an apartment to host friends and visitors. There are no unnecessary corridor areas.


The volume underlines the search for a pure and simple form, which springs from the surroundings and which relates to the place through a clear and legible language. The remarkable slope of the roof, the relationship between full and empty holes in the facade and the use of refined materials determine a recognizable identity to the building.

The new building has a hybrid structure: the base and the connecting staircase in exposed concrete, while all the walls and floors are made with prefabricated wooden elements. The facade finish is divided into exposed concrete in the lower part and masonry with bricks that characterize the ventilated facade in the upper part. The internal walls of the housing units are made of fir wood with a white glaze.

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