Cubic matter: an unconventional Swiss concrete house by Davide Macullo Architects
This concrete house set on a hill in Galbisio, Switzerland, is somewhat of a statement in the landscape; a force ‘in’ nature. While it is based on the form of the cube, it resists its mould to prioritise living space. Lugano-based architect Davide Macullo stretched out the interior possibilities by energetically extruding the walls in different directions. Exterior stairways and patios wrap around the house, where negative space has emerged.
He describes the three-storey house as a ‘constellation’ of spaces and experiences that are adapted to the pace of modern life. Inside, unconventionally shaped rooms offer different viewing points for the landscape and new opportunities for light and space at every turn. The rooms are like puzzle pieces, each unique and adapted to its use with varying ceiling heights.
With unique façades and distinct expressions at every angle, the house has a confident, vibrant character, yet equally owns a simplicity of form that allows it to sit comfortably in (or in opposition to) its context.