Chiara Bugna & Stefano Mazzi


The enchanting natural landscape, the panoramic view on the shores of the Ceresio and the Ticino pre-Alps, the temperate climate and tranquillity, have made Collina d’oro a well-known dwelling place for prominent personalities such as Hermann Hesse, Bruno Walter and Marx Horkheimer. At the foot of the hill and placed on the West Bank, lies the small nucleus of arasio.

Realized in the nucleus of Arasio around 1750 by the engineer Pasquale Lucchini, well-known designer of the dam Bridge of Melide, is initially used as a private residence. The main characteristic of the Villa is the lengthening form that creates a firm territorial element that divides the ancient nucleus of Arasio from the most recent residential area. The two facades are therefore of great importance: the South front, well protected, overlooks the historical square of the village, the north front, with its loggia typical of the Ticinese lacustrine architecture, becomes protagonist of the park still today Preserved and an integral part of the Villa.

The project
Main project thought was the preservation of the peculiarities of the secular structure of the Villa, preserving the elements of uniqueness including the typology with central staircase, the slabs with massive beams in chestnut and the loggia on the north front. All the more trying to combine the preservation of the ancient with the insertion of modern elements to guarantee the living standards today.
The entrance to the Villa was kept on the south front to enhance the square of the nucleus, as a centre of exchange and interaction between the inhabitants. Inside the Villa were created four duplex apartments with views of the nucleus and the park, two of which can also use the view of the lake. In addition, in order to preserve the park, it was decided to hide the stands by creating an underground garage and accessible through a montaveggi placed in the Stallino of the Villa, on the edge of the park. The pedestrian street placed above the stone wall of the park, takes on the characteristics of a panoramic walk of connection between the nucleus and the most recent residential area.