Former ceramica lago area, Laveno-Mombello

Laveno-Mombello, Varese - Italy / 2006-2013
Architecture, Private

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On the banks of Lake Maggiore, at the northern joining point of the city centre of the Laveno-Mombello municipality with the lacustrine landscape  connected to the hills behind, there is an area once occupied by the headquarters of the ceramic company Pozzi-Ginori, which has formed significantly the industrial and cultural tradition of the region. The area, which is open towards the lake on the southern front and adjoining viale De Angeli and the hillside on the northern front, is occupied by a new housing project which provides for its transformation into a residential area.
The project, with reference to the existing urban fabric formed by chequerboard patterns, courtyard buildings and isolated houses, intends to create a new urban ambiance which opposes two scales, the one of the open view towards the lake and a more intimate one corresponding to the new road system which smoothly scales the hillslope.
The four buildings that compose the area number 8, designed by Archea, even though they differ in their volumes, form an unicum thanks to the facets and bent profiles of the external fronts which turn them into sculptural elements. The lakeside fronts are characterised by recessed balconies and large glazings towards the landscape whereas the others are rather closed, in accord with the intimate and domestic nature of the corresponding internal spaces.
The facades and roofs are entirely clad with blue-coloured glazed ceramic elements of irrgegular fragmentation; the loggias and recessed parts of the facade have a brownish colour. The geometry and the material continuity of the external claddings contribute to make the buildings appear like four elements nestled in the surrounding mountainous landscape; the blue colour is evocative of the lake and the ceramic material is reminiscent of the former assignment of the area which becomes in this case also the identifying feature of the new project.

Under Construction
ProgramResidential
LocationLaveno-Mombello, Varese - Italy
Project2006-2013
PurchaserAmsoc s.r.l. represented by dott. Peter Paul Pohl
Terrain Surface3.699,00 sqm
Building Surface1.100 sqm (roofed area)
Green Surface573,82 sqm
Volume7.614,00 mc