Residence in Cadenazzo
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Architect Mario Botta
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Location Cadenazzo, Switzerland
Date 1970 to 1971   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System brick masonry
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Modern
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"The Cadenazzo house can be taken as the point of departure for the uninterrupted exploration of the theme of the dwelling Botta went on to undertake;...The system which brings in light into the interior is never direct, but mediated by double height porticoes situated on these two facades, protected on the outside by the large circular openings which frame the landscape, the perspectives defined by the architecture itself in this part of the building....The use of a system of construction based on small, unclad concrete blocks emphasises the express intention of renouncing any kind of dissimulation, rediscovering instead the essential character of the traditional materials.

— Emilio Pizzi. Mario Botta: Works and Projects. p18.

The Creator's Words

"The moderns all shared the belief that architecture could play a major role in the shaping of society. In my opinion, the modern movement did not betray this belief; the movement itself was betrayed. Industrial society lost sight of the original objectives and forced man to conform to the laws of technology and mechanization. In this sense, we can fault the modern movement for failing in its goals."

— Mario Botta. from Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. p64-65.

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Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. section drawing, proportion diagram, p159. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Emilio Pizzi. Mario Botta: Works and Projects. Second spanish/english edition. Barcelona: Gustavo Gill, S.A., 1991. ISBN 84-252-1448-3. NA1353.B67P5913 1992. p18.

Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1986. ISBN 0-87979-258-0. LC 86-62324. NA1353.B67W74 1986. p64-65.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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