Ca' Ospiti House designed by Stocker Lee Architetti highlights the potential of the existing area with its simple and light gray volume.
The site is located in the northern area of Rancate, Switzerland, 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 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 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.